Simon McGregor Canada Scotland

Biography of Simon McGregor

Simon McGregor was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia in 1831. His father, Alexander, was a farmer. McGregor was one of the first beneficiaries of the Pictou Young Men's Scheme, which provided bursaries to send promising candidates to study for the ministry in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Kingston, ON, with the stipulation they returned to minister in Nova Scotia.

He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1853 at 21, as a student of theology, and attended a course in Logic. In subsequent years, McGregor studied senior Latin, Ethics, junior Mathematics (1855-56), senior Greek, Physics (1856-57), junior Hebrew, and Divinity (1858-59). McGregor received his BA in 1857 and MA in 1858. He continued to study at the University after his degree was conferred, taking classes in Ecclesiastical History, Divinity, and senior Hebrew and Chaldee (1858-60), attending a summer session in 1860.

McGregor excelled in his academic work, receiving a number of prizes, including the 1858-59 Cleland Gold Medal for his "Essay on The Question of Apostolic Succession”. That year, he also took first place for essays, and second for examinations, in Ecclesiastical History, Junior Division. McGregor was also awarded the University Silver Medal for his essay on “The Principles of the Interpretation of Prophecy,” as well as the Rae Wilson Gold Medal for his essay on “The Pentecostal Gift of Tongues” in 1858-59. As a senior Divinity and Ecclesiastical History student, he received an award for an essay on “The Nature and Uses of the Types in the Old Testament” and 3rd prize for an essay “On the theory of Romanism, and the theory of Protestantism.” McGregor was voted by his class as second in the senior division of Ecclesiastical History for best ‘Answers in the Examinations during the Session.’

McGregor also contributed two poems to the "Glasgow University Album" of 1858-59.

McGregor returned to Pictou in 1860, where he fulfilled the terms of his grant from the Young Men's Scheme by serving as a minister in East River. In 1869 he took a charge in Victoria, Vancouver Island, and was replaced in East River by William McMillan, with whom he had studied in Glasgow. McGregor left North America for Scotland in 1881, taking charges in Fort August, Ballachulish, and Appin. He died in Edinburgh in 1906.


Printed Materials

  • Hew, Scott, D.D., Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ: the Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, 9 vols, (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1915-), IV, p. 80
  • Rev. J. P. McPhie, Pictonians at Home and Abroad, (Boston, MA: Pinkham Press, [1914]), p. 71.

Archival Materials

  • R7/1/2 Glasgow University Prize Lists 1833-1863
  • R8/1/2 Library Register 1852-1859
  • R9/1/3 Class Catalogues 1854-1863


Simon McGregor
Born 1831.
Died 4 December 1906.
GU Degrees: MA, 1858; BA, 1857;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: ministers
Record last updated: 20th Aug 2012

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Canada Canada, Nova Scotia, Pictou
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Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh
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