Biography of James Duncan
James Duncan, 1893
James Duncan attended the University to study an Arts course from 1836 to 1838. He was born at Airdrie, Lanarkshire, son of James, a pistor (a miller or baker).
Duncan also trained at the Theological Hall of the Reformed Presbyterian Church at Paisley, and was ordained as a Presbyeterian Minister, and was a teacher and missionary in New Zealand from 1842 to 1908. He was the church’s first missionary to the Maori, arriving in Wellington in April 1843. By 1860, Duncan had built a church at Te Awahou and was convenor of the Maori and Foreign Missions Committee of the Presbyterian Church. He died at Foxton, New Zealand, the location of his church in 1907, aged 95.