Macdonald Dictionary Record: James Wylie Gillespie

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One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for James Wylie Gillespie. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: G. 174a Gillespie, James Wylie 1860) arrived in Canterbury in '59 with his parents James Gillespie and his wife Elizabeth to take over the Pigeon Bay school. Abernethy Hay had had bad lick with his school masters at Pigeon Bay and Francis knowles who was leaching there, wanted to be ordained in the Church of Eng. The fact that he was not a Presbyterian was a serious drs downy. in Scottish Eyes. Hay and the Rev. Chas Fraser, the fist Presby minister in Canty. Wrote to Dr. Bonar, convene + f the Colonial comm. of the Free Church of Scotland , asking him to select a teacher and send him out . D. Binar chose James Wylie Gillesp ie, headmaster of the Academy of Audie, a dreary mining town in Lanarkshire . He was the only survivor of a family of , all the others having died of consist tion. He was a brilliant teacher and had wonderful power over children He had entered the Free Normal College , Moray House , Edi. and came cut first in a class of 5o or 60. His qualifications published in the Lylt. Times giving to ther with his references occupied nearly a fall column in the paper. He offered board + tuition to those under 10 at £45 per amin and at 5 to those over 10 . He was offered but relied the headmaster ship of the new High School in Ch.Ch. Two notorious larkins were sent to him and he tamed hem Guthrie Hay : LT. 28.5.59 : 17.11.60 : 22.6.69.; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer




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