Rev. James MacGregor was born 9999 in Callander, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom (Perthshire) to Duncan McGrigor (1782) and Helen McPherson (c1786-1845) and died 8 October 1894 in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand of unspecified causes. He married Grace Campbell Maclean (1835-1907) 7 July 1857 in Callander, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
[Notes generally from granddaughter Margaret Patrick]

James's earliest memory was of being hoisted on his father's shoulder hearing people shout "Long live the King" [presumably at the accession in 1830 of Geo IV; or (more likely) the later coronation].

Was colourblind [like several descendants, eg Bill Patterson, Rob Patrick].

Used to herd sheep, and knitted stockings for the family while doing so.

Brilliant scholar [too good for the family bridge-building trade]; went to University and Theological Hall then became a parish minister (at Barry then at Paisley) then [aged 34 or 38?] Professor of Systematic Theology, New Free College, Edinburgh. Lived at Harmony House, Morningside.

In 1881 the family emigrated to New Zealand on the Jessie Readman (where James ran a newspaper). They reached Port Chalmers on 25 October and stayed in Dunedin for 5 months.

He started Columba Presbyterian Church in Oamaru, North Otago. The building owes its classical form to his enthusiasm.

He was a prolific writer, in both verse and prose.

Probate 2602, Dunedin, 16 Nov 1894.


Offspring of Duncan McGrigor or McGregor and Helen McPherson (c1786-1845)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Margaret MacGregor (1807) 1807 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom William Morris (c1807)

Angus MacGregor (1809-1863)
Anne MacGregor (1810)
Duncan MacGregor (1814)
John MacGregor (1816)
Robert MacGregor (1822)
Donald MacGregor (1824)
Donald MacGregor (1826)
Duncan MacPherson MacGregor (1829)
James MacGregor (c1830-1894) 9999 Callander, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom (Perthshire) 8 October 1894 Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand Grace Campbell Maclean (1835-1907)


Offspring of Rev. James MacGregor and Grace Campbell Maclean (1835-1907)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Georgina (Nina) MacGregor (c1859-c1875)
Duncan (Dutta) MacGregor (c1860-1881)
William Cunningham (Willie) MacGregor (1862-1934) 13 April 1862 Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom 25 August 1934 England, United Kingdom Dora Louisa Harris (c1862-1934)

James (Jamie) MacGregor (1863-1881)
Helen C (Nellie) MacGregor (c1864-1936)
Agnes Susan Craig (Ada) MacGregor (1867-c1962)
Grace Elliot MacGregor (c1868-c1962)
Katharine Maclean MacGregor (1870-1958) 16 August 1870 Harmony House, Morningside, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom 20 December 1958 Wellington, New Zealand William Alexander Patterson (1866-1941)

Margaret (Maggie) MacGregor (c1872-1944)
Charlotte Eliza (Cha) MacGregor (1875-1966) 1875 Scotland, United Kingdom 1966 New Zealand Robert Wood (c1875-1931)


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Family and some official records.
Ω Birth
  • May have been Duncan's twin and thus born Jan 1829.
₪ Wedding
¶ Death
  • Probate confirms date.


  Robin Patterson