Rev James Wordie Scotland Jamaica

Biography of Rev James Wordie

James Wordie first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1809 to study Greek and Logic. He was the third son of Thomas Wordie, a craftsman in the parish of Denny, Stirling (now Falkirk).

Wordie went on to become a Minister of the Church of Scotland and around 1823 went to Kingston, Jamaica to the kirk which had been established there just a few years earlier. He seems to have been instrumental in setting up a school and in helping to establish another six Presbyterian churches in Jamaica.

Wordie returned to Scotland around 1843 and was Minister at Cupar, Fife, where he died in 1862.


Printed Materials

  • Dobson, David, Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857 (Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 1998-2006)

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858


Rev James Wordie
Born 1799.
Died 8 March 1862.
GU Degree: Arts, 1809-1810;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: clergy
English snippet: Minister of the Church of Scotland in Kingston, Jamaica and Cupar, Fife
Record last updated: 25th Mar 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, No Region
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Fife, Cupar
Place of Death

Jamaica Jamaica, Kingston

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student