Thomas McCulloch: Presbyterian Minister, Educator and Political Reformer

McCullochBorn in Fereneze near Paisley in 1776, Thomas McCulloch graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1792 and initially thought about pursuing medicine. Instead, however, McCulloch decided to study theology at the General Associate Synod in Whitburn, and was ordained at Stewarton in 1799. Shortly afterwards he married Isabella Walker, the daughter of the Revd. David Walker who McCulloch had met during his studies. Having finished his education, he initially worked in Stewarton, but applied to the General Associate Synod for assignment to North America a few years later; he was subsequently appointed to Prince Edward Island.

Together with his family McCulloch arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in November¬†1803. Advised against travelling further on to Prince Edward Island due to the bad winter, the family remained in Pictou and, …