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Catholicism portal Ranald MacDonald (1756–1832) was a Roman Catholic bishop who served as the Vicar Apostolic of the Highland District from 1819 to 1827, then the Vicar Apostolic of the Western District from 1827 to 1832.[1][2][3] Born in Edinburgh in 1756, he was the elder child of Ranald MacDonald, MacDonald VII of Fersit. He was educated at the Scotch College, Douay, France. He was ordained a priest in 1782, and returned to his native country in that same year. He was first stationed at Glengairn, Aberdeenshire, from which he was translated to Glengarry, and thence to Uist.[1][3] He was appointed the Vicar Apostolic of the Highland District and Titular Bishop of Arindela by the Holy See on 27 August 1819, with his residence at Lismore. He was consecrated at Edinburgh by Bishop Alexander Paterson on 25 February 1820.[1][2][3] In 1827, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland was reorganised into three vicariate apostolics, the Eastern District (formerly the Lowland District), the Northern District (formerly the Highland District), and the Western District (created from territory of the other two districts). As a result of those changes, Bishop MacDonald became the Vicar Apostolic of the newly formed Western District on 13 February 1827.[1][2][3] Bishop MacDonald's scholarly attainments were of a high order. He was a man of polished manners and liberality of sentiment, and was beloved by persons of all persuasions. He did much by his work and conversation to soften down prejudices, and was ever ready to lend his aid in forwarding any scheme which had for its object the advancement of his fellow Highlanders.[1] He died in office at Fort William, on 20 September 1832, aged 76, and was buried there.[1][2][3] References ^ a b c d e f Rev. A. Macdonald, Minister of Killearnan; Rev. A. Macdonald, Minister of Kilarlity (1904). The Clan Donald. Volume 3. Inverness: The Northern Counties Publishing Company, Ltd. p. 455. http://www.archive.org/details/clandonald03macduoft.  ^ a b c d W. Maziere Brady (1876). The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, A.D. 1400 to 1875. Volume 3. Rome: Tipografia Della Pace. pp. 467–468 and 471. http://www.archive.org/details/a548648303braduoft.  ^ a b c d e Bishop Ranald MacDonald at Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved on 3 October 2010. Catholic Church titles Preceded by Aeneas Chisholm Vicar Apostolic of the Highland District 1819–1827 Succeeded by James Kyle (Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District) New title Vicar Apostolic of the Western District 1827–1832 Succeeded by Andrew Scott