Reverend William Bell 1780-1857, The

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 Presbyterian 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 that characterized the early history of the Presbyterian church in the province.


On the grounds of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Drummond and North streets, Perth

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Lanark

Municipality: Town of Perth