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Reverend William Proudfoot 1788-1851

The Reverend William Proudfoot 1788-1851

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Reverend William Proudfoot 1788-1851

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

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
On the northeast corner of
Queens Avenue and Waterloo Street

Coordinates: N 42 59.235 W 81 14.581


Plaque Text

An outstanding Presbyterian missionary and church leader, William Proudfoot was born near Peebles, Scotland and educated at the University of Edinburgh. Ordained in 1813, he served in Scotland until 1832 when he came to Upper Canada. A year later he settled in London. An energetic, authoritative man, Proudfoot made numerous preaching tours and organized congregations and missionary stations throughout Upper Canada and in the United States. In 1834 he founded the Missionary Presbytery of the Canadas in connection with the United Secession Church of Scotland and in 1844 he opened a divinity school in London to train Canadian clergy. Proudfoot wrote extensively on religious and secular matters and his diaries and letters provide a valuable account of 19th century life in Upper Canada.


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> Posted December 31, 2012
I am descended from one of William Proudfoot's daughters. Her grandson went as a medical missionary to China in the early 20th century. His wife's family came from Leicester, England, and that is where they settled from the 1920's onwards. My father was born in Leicester, and his forenames were William Proudfoot after his ancestor. My daughter and children emigrated to New Brunswick five years ago. So it is good to see that William Proudfoot is still remembered.

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