William Morison

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William Morison
Born (1843-12-06)6 December 1843
Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, U.K.
Died 9 March 1937(1937-03-09) (aged 93)
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Occupation Writer, biographer, minister,
Nationality Scottish
Genre Non-fiction, biography, history
Spouse Annie Douglas
Children three daughters

William Morison (1843–1937) was a Scottish presbyterian minister, writer and biographer. He was born in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway. His father was Alexander Moffat, a master builder.[1] and his mother was Catherine Campbell. He was educated at Moffat Academy, the University of Edinburgh where he graduated M.A. in 1862, and at the United Presbyterian College, Edinburgh. He married Anne Primrose Douglas on 24 March 1869. They had three daughters – Annie, Catherine and Helen.[2] He died on 9 March 1937 at his home at Corstorphine, Edinburgh.[3]

Career as Minister[edit]

  • 1863 – Licensed by U. P. Presbytery of Annandale, Scottish Borders.[4]
  • 1882-3 – Assistant at Dumbarton Bridgend
  • 1883-4 – Assistant at Dumfries Buccleuch Street
  • 29 Apr 1868 – Ordained and inducted as Minister at Leeds U. P. Church.
  • 6 Sep 1870 – Transferred to Pendleton.[5]
  • 26 June 1877 – Transferred to Leith St. Andrews.
  • 28 Dec 1880 – Transferred to and inducted at Rosehall, Edinburgh.
  • 1914 – Retired from ministry.



  • The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland, 1900-1929. Edited by the Rev. John Alexander Lamb. Edinburgh and London: Oliver & Boyd, 1956. p. 26.
  • Scotlandspeople internet site: www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
  • www.ancestry.com


  1. ^ According to his death certificate, sourced from records held by the General Register Office for Scotland and accessed through the Scotlandspeople internet site
  2. ^ 1901 Scotland Census. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh. Parish: Edinburgh Mayfield; ED: 82; Page: 19; Line: 24; Roll CSSCT1901 388; Year: 1901. Accessed from www.ancestry.com.
  3. ^ Death certificate, op. cit.
  4. ^ List compiled from The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland, 1900–1929. Edited by the Rev. John Alexander Lamb. Edinburgh and London: Oliver & Boyd, 1956. p.26.
  5. ^ The Fasti gives no further details but this may be Pendleton, Greater Manchester.

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