Priests from 1715 to the Present

Rev Gilbert HaydockCirca 1715
Rev John Kendall1715 – 1727
Rev Henry Kendall1727 – 1733?
Rev John Cowban1733 – 1741
Rev John Harrison1741 – 1745
No Priest1745 – 1763
Rev Joseph Smith SJ1763 – 1765
Rev John Lund1769 – 1812
Rev Thomas Caton1812 – 1826
Rev Thomas Berry1826 – 1845
Rev John Dixon1845 – 1852
Rev George Gradwell1852 – 1853
Rev George Corless1853 – 1865
Rev William A Johnson1865
Rev Richard Holden1866
Rev Roger Taylor1866 – 1867
Rev Henry J Thrower1867 – 1886
Rev Francis J Gillow
1886 – 1895
Rev Joseph A Barker1895 – 1914
Rev Joseph Walmsley1914 – 1921
Rev Henry Roberts1921 – 1931
Rev Henry Tootell1929 – 1932
Rev Henry Gillett1932 – 1946
Rev Bernard McKenna1946 – 1955
Rev Francis Worden1955 – 1959
Rev James McGann1959 – 1963
V Rev Thomas Mason1963 – 1967
Rev Frederick T Hamer1967 – 1971
V Rev Quirian A Klomp1971 – 1982
Rev Edmund McCartan1982 – 1987
Rev Francis Hodson1987 – 1989
Rev Thomas Forster1989 – 1990
Rev John Danson1991 – 1996
Rev W Alfred Parker1996 – 2000
Rev Peter Clarke2000 – 2003
Canon Adrian J Towers2003 – Present
Father Francis John Gillow

Fr Gillow (Later Monsignor) was parish priest at Cottam between 1886 and 1895. In 1893 he raised £700 to restore the chapel which included erecting a marble altar in the sanctuary and building the Lady Altar. It is most likely that Fr Gillow also installed the choir section – complete with the three windows above the entrance porch which were not in in place in 1888. 

Father Joseph Walmsley

Father Joseph Walmsley was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1914 to 1921.

Father Henry Roberts

Father Henry Roberts was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1921 to 1931

Father Henry Gillett

Father Henry Gillett was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1932 to 1946. Father Gillett died in 1958.

Father Francis Worden

Father Francis Worden was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1955 to 1959

Father James McGann

Father James McGann (later Canon) was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1959 to 1963.

Canon Thomas Mason

Canon Thomas Mason was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1963 to 1967

Father Frederick Hamer

Fr Hamer, who was born in Preston and attended Upholland seminary, was ordained in 1943.  He was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1967 to 1971.

Canon Quirian Klomp

Canon Klomp, although born in Holland, served in Preston since his ordination in 1933. He was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1971 to 1982.

Father Edmund McCartan

Fr Edmund McCarten was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1982 to 1987.

Father Francis Hodson

Fr Francis (Frank) Hodson was parish priest at St Andrew’s from 1987 to 1989.  He is buried in St Andrew’s cemetery with his twin brother priest Ken.

Father Thomas Forster

Parish priest from 1989 to 1990, Fr Forster was born in Carlisle in 1929.  He was educated at Ushaw College and ordained in July, 1957.  Following his ordination he served at the Sacred Heart, Preston, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in St Annes

Father John Danson

Father John Danson – pictured here in 1993 presenting Bene Merenti medals to parishioners John Cookson, Joe Miller and Sally Dutton – was born in Wesham.  He was educated at Preston Catholic College, Ushaw College and Cambridge University.

Following his ordination in 1962, Fr John’s first posting was to the Cathedral parish in Lancaster and then – after attending Cambridge University between 1963 and 1967 – he subsequently held appointments at Underley Hall and Upholland College.

In 1985 he became parish priest at Our Lady, Star of the Sea in St Annes-on-Sea and in 1991 he moved to St Andrew’s in Cottam where he remained  until he became the Administrator for the Diocesan Vocations Service for the Bishops’ Conference in 1996.  Fr John retired in 2002.