John McFarlane Scotland New Zealand

Biography of John McFarlane

John McFarlane attended the University to study an Arts course in 1823. He was born in Glasgow, son of Walter, a travelling cooper.

McFarlane was ordained as a Church of Scotland minister, serving at Martyrs’ Church in Paisley from 1836 to 1839, when he was then appointed minister to the first Scottish Presbyterian Congregation in New Zealand, St Andrew's Church, Wellington. An Iona cross, dedicated on 23 February 1940, today marks the site of the first Presbyterian service at Petone. McFarlane returned to Scotland in 1847 as Minister at Lochgilphead. McFarlane died in Glasgow on 7 March 1859, aged 52.


Printed Materials

  • W Innes Addison, The matriculation albums of the University of Glasgow from 1728 to 1858, p.342


John McFarlane
Born 1807.
Died 7 March 1859.
GU Degree: Arts, 1823;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy
English snippet: Arts student at the University in 1823, Minister to the fist Scottish Congregation in New Zealand
Record last updated: 28th Nov 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Death

New Zealand New Zealand, Wellington

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student