- [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)|
|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)||Callander, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom (Perthshire)||8 October 1894 Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand|| Grace Campbell Maclean (1835-1907)|