John Geddie

John Geddie, Presbyterian missionary (b at Banff, Scot 19 Apr 1815; d at Geelong, Australia 14 Dec 1872). Geddie came with his family to Pictou, NS, in 1816 and after studying theology with Thomas MCCULLOCH became a minister in PEI.
John Geddie, Presbyterian missionary (b at Banff, Scot 19 Apr 1815; d at Geelong, Australia 14 Dec 1872). Geddie came with his family to Pictou, NS, in 1816 and after studying theology with Thomas MCCULLOCH became a minister in PEI.


Geddie, John

John Geddie, Presbyterian missionary (b at Banff, Scot 19 Apr 1815; d at Geelong, Australia 14 Dec 1872). Geddie came with his family to Pictou, NS, in 1816 and after studying theology with Thomas MCCULLOCH became a minister in PEI. In 1848 the Presbyterian Secession Synod of Nova Scotia sent him to the New Hebrides islands in the South Pacific. Although 3 workers were murdered and several died of tropical diseases, Geddie persisted with his work until infanticide and polygamy were eliminated. His epitaph reads: "When he landed in 1848, there were no Christians here, and when he left, in 1872, there were no heathen."


Further Reading

  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol 10, pp 302-3; R. S. Miller, Misi Gete: John Geddie, Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides (1975).