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John MACLEOD

John MACLEOD

Male 1872 - 1948  (76 years)

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  • Name John MACLEOD 
    Born 25 Mar 1872  Fort William, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Born in Lundavra House, High Street in Fort William.
    Gender Male 
    Education * In 1885, he went to Aberdeen (p270) for his secondary education in the Aberdeen Grammar School (p224). He was dux in his final year, 1887 (Banner of Truth).
    * "He studied classics with distinction at Aberdeen University 1887-90, graduating with first class honours at the age of just eighteen years. He then spent a year at New College, Edinburgh, studying divinity. There followed two years on the staff of the Nicolson Public School in Stornoway, Lewis, which enabled him to become fluent in Gaelic, of which he had had only a rudimentary knowledge" (Banner).
    * "Having begun divinity studies in the Free Church College, his opposition to the Declaratory Act passed by the Free Church of Scotland General Assembly in 1892 led to his continuing his studies in divinity at the Assembly's College, Belfast, the Theological College of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, where he obtained first place in Ecclesiastical History and Biblical Criticism" (Wikipedia).
    * "He resumed divinity in 1894 at the Belfast Theological College of the Irish Presbyterian Church, having meanwhile affiliated himself with the Free Presbyterian Church, for he was one of the Free Church students who sided with the Free Presbyterian secession after the passing of the Free Church Declaratory Act of 1892. Ever the brilliant student, Macleod's final examinations at Belfast saw him take first place in Ecclesiastical History and Biblical Criticism" (Banner of Truth).

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    Biography Notes Church affiliation: "In May 1893, when the Free Church of Scotland confirmed the Declaratory Act passed by its General Assembly of 1892 to be a binding constitutional Act, which modified the Westminster Confession of Faith to which the Free Church adhered, he was one of a number of Free Church divinity students to join the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, which separated in Protest at this change in the constitution" (Wikipedia).   [2
    Biography Notes John had some contact with his cousins Ewen Cattanach (and possibly Alexander) who might have been living in Newtonmore. They might have been quite a few years older than John.  [3
    Biography Notes Writing:
    * 'Scottish Theology in relation to Church History' in Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1974.
    * 'Some Favourite Books', Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1988.
      [2
    Occupation * "A one time member of the Gaelic Society of Inverness, played a prominent role in the religious and educational affairs of his day. He was, as a student, involved in the founding of the Free Presbyterian Church [FP], but later on transferred his allegiance to the Free Church of Scotland. During the course of his ministry of the Free North Church in Inverness, he also became chairman of the Inverness-shire Education Authority. In 1930 he moved to Edinburgh, as Principal of the Free Church College" (p224).
    * "He served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland" (Wikipedia).
    * "In 1896 he was licensed to preach the Gospel by the Northern Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. His first charge was Lochbroom, Ullapool, in Ross and Cromarty (1897-1901), where he met and married Margaret Macleod Matheson in April 1898. During this time he was appointed the Clerk of Synod, the supreme court of his church. He was translated to the congregation in Kames, Argyll (1901-1905). Towards the end of his time at Kames, he was sent as a church deputy to congregations in Canada and met the celebrated theologian B. B. Warfield during a visit to Princeton Theological Seminary in the United States of America" (Wikipedia).
    * "On 19 Dec 1905 he was received into the Free Church of Scotland at a Commission of its General Assembly, and at the General Assembly in May 1906 he was appointed Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis in the Free Church College, Edinburgh" (Wikipedia).
    * "Licensed by his Church's Northern Presbytery in 1897, John Macleod's first charge was Lochbroom, Ulla-pool, in Ross and Cromarty (1897-1901). ... He was then called to Kames in Argyll, where he ministered for five years from the beginning of 1901. Towards the end of his time at Kames, Macleod was amongst those sent to Canada to minister to the churches there; the trip included some time in the United States, and a memorable visit to Princeton Seminary, where they met B. B. Warfield" (Banner of Truth).
    * "When the remnant Free Church of Scotland, after the union in 1900 between the United Presbyterians and the Free Church majority, repealed the Declaratory Act of 1892, Macleod and several colleagues felt it their duty to return to their old church, into which they were admitted in December 1905" (Banner).
    * "At the General Assembly in 1906 John Macleod was appointed Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis in the Free Church College, Edinburgh. During his time there, he ably represented his Church in delegations to South Africa (1907) and the Netherlands (1911)" (Banner).
    * "In 1913 he accepted a call to the pastorate of the Free North Church, Inverness. While in the northern capital, he served for several years as Chairman of the then Inverness-shire Education Authority, in which role he particularly encouraged the use of Gaelic and the teaching of Domestic Science. He was for some time also an Inspector of Religious Instruction in various Highland counties. During his Inverness ministry, he and his wife were able to make a long-desired trip to the Holy Land (1926), and a visit to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA. (1928)" (Banner).
    * "In 1920 John Macleod was made Moderator of the Free Church General Assembly, and he was further honoured when his alma mater conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him in 1927. That same year he was appointed Principal of the Free Church College, following the death of Dr J D MacCulloch" (Banner).
    * "After seventeen years ministry in Inverness, in 1930 Macleod was recalled to the teaching staff of the College as Professor of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology, a position which he was to hold until ill-health forced his retirement in 1943. The loss of his wife, Margaret, in 1932, was a severe blow, but that same year he was delighted by a visit paid to him by J. Gresham Machen of Westminster Theological Seminary. Associations with other defenders of the Reformed faith were maintained - some through a special lectureship set up in 1937 in the College - men such as Oswald T. Allis, William Childs Robinson, Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Auguste Lecerf, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Another overseas trip was made to Canada in 1935, when he was accompanied by his daughter, Isabel" (Banner)
    * "In 1939, on the tenth anniversary of the founding of Westminster Theological Seminary, he was invited to deliver a series of special lectures on the subject 'Scottish Theology in Relation to Church History since the Reformation', in Philadelphia. An edition of the lecture series, first published in 1943, was reprinted by the Trust in 1974 and 2015 as Scottish Theology. During this trip he also preached for W. Childs Robinson at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and gave addresses in various other locations in the USA and Canada" (Banner).
    * "John Macleod celebrated his jubilee in the ministry in 1947. He died suddenly and peacefully on the Sabbath morning of 11 July 1948, and after a simple funeral service in his home was buried in Edinburgh's Grange cemetery" (Banner).

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    Residence * He lived in Fort Willliam as a young child. Lundavra House was on the south side of High Street, Fort William. It was almost opposite the Ben-Nevis Hotel and first to the west of the post office and at its west side a lane led to a court. The house became a ruin and was pulled down about the early 1930s (p225).
    * About 1877, when John was five or six years old, his family went to live in one of the houses of the old garrison of Fort William. It was next door to what had been the governor's house (p237).
    * Aberdeen for secondary schooling from 1885 to 1887.
    * Belfast
    * He was living in Ullapool Lochbroom at the time of his wedding in 1898.
    * Edinburgh
    * USA & Canada about 1904
    * Inverness
    * Canada 1935
      [2
    Died 11 Jul 1948  Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh
    Person ID I-9232  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father Alexander MACLEOD,   d. 3 Jun 1910, Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship -3070 
    Mother Isabella MACMASTER,   b. 26 Jun 1834, Stornoway, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1889, Fort William, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship -3070 
    Married 1863  [7
    Children of marriage Isabella's sister, Catherine, died the same year as Isabella was married (there were 13 years between them) so Isabella cared for Catherine's daughter, Mary Cattanach for almost 7 years - from when she was 11 years old, to when she reached 18 years in 1870.   [3
    Children of marriage John was born 9 years after Alexander and Isabella were married so it is likely that they had other children before John. Soon after their wedding they had the care of Isabella's sister's daughter, Mary for almost 7 years, but she left before John was born. However John describes Mary's time with the family as being "one of them" which implies that there were several other children in the household before John.   [3
    Family ID F-3070  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret MATHESON,   b. 1865,   d. 1932  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1898  Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John & Margaret were married in the Palace Hotel in Inverness on 26th April 1898. He was 26 years old and she was 33 years. They were both living in Ullapool, Lochbroom where he was the minister for the Free Presbyterian Church. The minister for the wedding was John R MacKay FP minister in Gairloch. Witnesses were Donald Beaton & Catherine Halbert??
      * Comment by Don Gordon in July 2020: The wedding arrangements are surprising. They were married in Inverness, when they were living 90 kms north west in Ullapool. Also the minister was from a long way away. And why did they get married in a hotel rather than a church even though John himself was a minister?
    Children 
    +1. Unknown MACLEOD  []
     2. I M
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 17:44:17 
    Family ID F-3071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    ww - John Macleod & Margaret Matheson, married on 26th April 1898 in Inverness
    ww - John Macleod & Margaret Matheson, married on 26th April 1898 in Inverness
    Married in the District of Inverness in the County of Inverness
    26th April 1898 at The Palace Hotel Ness Walk Inverness
    Glez?? Banns according to the forms of the Free Presbyterian Church
    Groom: John Macleod Minister of the Free Presbyterian Church (bachelor), aged 26, usual residence Ullapool Lochbroom
    Parents of groom: Alexander Macleod, Excise officer (retired), Isabella MacLeod, MS McMaster (deceased)
    Bride: Margaret Matheson (spinster), aged 33 years, usual residence Ullapool Lochbroom
    Parents of bride: John Matheson, General Merchant (deceased), Mary Ann Matheson, MS MacLeod.
    Minister: John R MacKay, FP minister Gairloch
    Witnesses: Donald Beaton & Catherine?? Halbert??
    Registered: 27th April at Inverness

    Small Print
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    D56 - John Macleod's memoirs & family tree
    John was the cousin two times removed of Christina McPhee. His memoirs are a key source for identifying Jane Robertson as the wife of Christina's probable grandfather, Donald Cameron.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print, p224.

    2. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print.

    3. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print, p271.

    4. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print, Wikipedia.

    5. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print, Banner of Truth.

    6. [S-224] Wikipedia.

    7. [S-223] John Macleod's Memoirs - see D56 in Small Print, p270.