James Duncan Scotland New Zealand

Biography of James Duncan

James Duncan, 1893
James Duncan, 1893

James Duncan attended the University to study an Arts course from 1836 to 1838. He was born at Airdrie, Lanarkshire, son of James, a pistor (a miller or baker).

Duncan also trained at the Theological Hall of the Reformed Presbyterian Church at Paisley, and was ordained as a Presbyeterian Minister, and was a teacher and missionary in New Zealand from 1842 to 1908. He was the church’s first missionary to the Maori, arriving in Wellington in April 1843. By 1860, Duncan had built a church at Te Awahou and was convenor of the Maori and Foreign Missions Committee of the Presbyterian Church. He died at Foxton, New Zealand, the location of his church in 1907, aged 95.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

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


James Duncan
Born 1 February 1813.
Died 30 December 1907.
GU Degree: Arts, 1836-38;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy; missionaries
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow 1836-38
Record last updated: 2nd Dec 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Airdrie
Place of Birth

New Zealand New Zealand, Foxton
Place of Death

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student