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Biography of John Ross

John Ross
John Ross

John Ross graduated with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University in 1894. He was born in Easter Ross in 1842, and his native language was Gaelic. His father, Hugh, was a Tailor. Ross matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1862, aged 20, to study for an MA. In 1872 he was sent to Northeast China, then known as Manchuria, by the Scottish United Presbyterian Mission. Ross completed the first Korean translation of the New Testament in 1887, and in 1889 he established Dongguan Church in Mukden (present-day Shenyang).

Ross was awarded an Honorary DD from the University of Glasgow in 1894, for his work in China. He returned to Scotland in 1910 because of ill health, but continued to help the Scotland-China Society. He died in Edinburgh in 1915 and is buried in Newington Cemetery. The John Ross Scholarship Fund provides a bursary for a Korean candidate undertaking postgraduate studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.


John Ross
Born 1842.
Died 1915.
GU Degree: DD, 1894;
University Link: Graduate
English snippet: Honorary Graduate in Divinity
Record last updated: 22nd Nov 2018

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