As clergyman, schoolmaster and magistrate, he moulded the character of this community for a generation. Born at Stoer Point, Assynt, Scotland, he emigrated to Pictou in 1817, led his band of Scots to St. Ann in 1820 and remained here until 1851, when he again led his followers first to Australia and finally to New Zealand.
Threòraucg a a shkuagh 's an àite so 'n a linn fhéin mar mhinistear, maighistir-sgoile, is fear-lagha. Rugadh e an Rudha Stòrr, an Asaint, an Alvainn. Thàinig e gu Pictou 's a'bhliadhna 1817, is sheòl e le a chuideachd gu St. Ann an 1820, far an d'fhuirich iad gu ruige 1851, 'n uair a dh' fhalbh iad an toiseach gu Australia, is mu dheireadh gu New Zealand.