Joseph Shaughnessy

Biography of Joseph Shaughnessy

Joseph Shaughnessy was born at Bridgeton Cross on the 15th January 1850, the son of John, a wine and spirit merchant, and Mary, nee Murphy. He was baptised at St Mary's Church, Calton.

Joseph first matriculated (registered) at the University of Glasgow in session 1867-68, when he was seventeen years old, to study for a degree in Arts. Joseph enrolled for a second year on this course in session 1868-69, but by his third year (session 1869-70) he had switched to studying Law.

After his third year, Joseph did not matriculate again until session 1874-75. By this time he was twenty-four years old. He again enrolled to study Law. Joseph enrolled for his fifth and final year in session 1875-76, when he had switched back to studying Arts.

Joseph did not matriculate again after 1875-6, and he did not graduate from the University.

He had a varied career after his studies, becoming active in local politics, serving on the Town Council, Rutherglen Parish Council and local education board. He was a leading expert on health and safety and twice gave evidence to Parliament in that capacity.

With a fellow alumnus Dr John Conway, he founded The Glasgow Observer. He was heavily involved (in his capacity as a lawyer) in the foundation of Celtic Football Club in 1887, which was constituted in a meeting at St Mary's, where Joseph was christened.

Joseph Shaughnessy died on the 15th July 1906, at the age of 56.


Joseph Shaughnessy
Born 15 January 1850.
Died 15 July 1906.
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