Colin McIsaac Canada India Scotland

Biography of Colin McIsaac

Colin M'Isaac was born, likely in Canada West (now Ontario), in 1842. His matriculation entry for the 1857 Library Register lists his birthplace as Paisley, but subsequent entries specify Canada (1858) or Canada West (1859). His father, John M'Isaac, was a minister trained at the University of Glasgow, who served in Lochiel, in Glengarry County, Canada West. The M'Isaacs returned to Scotland in 1845.

In 1857, Colin M’Isaac first matriculated at the University of Glasgow, aged 15. M'Isaac continued to study at the university through 1862, and attended summer sessions in 1859, 1860 and 1861. M'Isaac then left the University, though his brother James Buchanan M'Isaac continued his studies. In 1867, Colin M'Isaac returned to the University of Glasgow to matriculate a final time. He graduated with an MA in 1868.

M’Isaac married Mary Janet Kirke (1849-1924), daughter of Rev. Robert Kirke of Dollar. After attaining his degree, M’Isaac emigrated to India, where he became headmaster of the Government Provincial School, Calicut (modern day Kozhikode, Kerala) in 1869. He held this post until his death on 12 July 1871.


Printed Materials

  • Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ: the Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation (1915-), Scott, Hew, (9 volumes. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1915-), II, p. 53
  • W Innes Addison, A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow from 31 December 1727 to 31 December 1897 (Glasgow, 1898)

Archival Materials

  • R8/1/2


Colin McIsaac
Born 1842.
Died 12 July 1871.
GU Degree: MA, 1868;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: Headmaster
Record last updated: 26th Feb 2013

Country Associations

Canada Canada, Ontario, lochiel
Place of Birth

India India, Kerala, Kozhikode
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow, Glasgow

University Connections

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