John Ray Scotland Bahamas

Biography of John Ray

John Ray (sometimes written 'Rae') was born in 1772 in St. Ninians, Stirling. Ray matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1787 to study Arts, taking a class in Greek.

After his time at the University, Ray went on to have an influential career as a secession minister, beginning at St. Andrew's from 1797-1805, then moving to Miles Lane, London from 1805-09.

In 1809 he emigrated to New Providence in the Bahamas to become the first minister of the newly established St. Andrew's Kirk in Nassau.

Ray stayed in Nassau until 1815 when he returned to Scotland. In 1821 he died in Stirling, aged 49.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858, p.148


John Ray
Born 1772.
Died 1821.
GU Degree: Arts, 1787;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy
English snippet: The first minister of the newly established St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas
Record last updated: 22nd Apr 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Stirling, St. Ninians
Place of Birth

Bahamas Bahamas, New Providence

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student