Biography of Robert Blackadder
Archbishop Blackadder's Seal
Robert Blackadder (1445-1508) was Glasgow's first Archbishop and was University Chancellor from 1483 until his death.
Previously Bishop of Aberdeen, Blackadder became Bishop of Glasgow in 1483. He sided with the future James IV and rebel nobles who defeated and killed King James III at the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488, and a grateful James IV petitioned the Pope for the see of Glasgow to be elevated to the status of archbishopric. In spite of opposition from the Archbishop of St Andrews, Blackadder became Archbishop of Glasgow in 1491.
Archbishop Blackadder was responsible for the building of the Rood Screen at the entrance to the choir of Glasgow Cathedral, and the Fergus Aisle, which became known as Blackadder's Aisle. He died on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1508.