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Reverend William Bell 1780-1857

Reverend William Bell 1780-1857

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Reverend William Bell 1780-1857

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Perth
On the north side of Drummond Street East
between North Street (Road 10) and Foster Street


Coordinates: N 44 54.146 W 76 14.995

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Plaque Text

One of the most influential Presbyterian clergymen in Upper Canada, Bell was born in Airdrie, Scotland. In 1808 he entered a Congregational academy in London to train for the ministry and, after completing his studies in Scotland and serving as an itinerant preacher, he was ordained by the Associate Presbytery of Edinburgh in 1817. Bell then emigrated to Upper Canada, settling in Perth. With indefatigable energy and missionary zeal he ministered to the Presbyterians in this district for four decades, recording his observations and experiences in his book Hints to Emigrants and in his journals. An uncompromising, intense man, Bell also played an important role in the fierce organizational and doctrinal disputes which characterized the early history of the Presbyterian church in the province.

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