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Subject: [NZ] Re: Norman Mcleod
Date: 20 Jan 2002 12:11:35 -0700
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I hope that this article I just came across, might be of some help to you-
The Outlook September 23, 1929
[New Zealand paper]
THE REV. NORMAN McLEOD
FOUNDER OF THE WAIPU CHARGE
by Rev. G. W. Blair, in the Northern Advocate.
It is not often we hear of a roving church that carried its own minister with it. Yet such a novelty is responsible for the founding of the Presbyterian Church at Waipu. To get some insight into the events that led up to this, we have to go back nearly 150 years. The history of the Church of Waipu is so bound up with that of the founder of both church and settlement- the Rev. Norman McLeod- that it may not be out of place to say a little about him.
Norman McLeod was born at Point of Stoir, Assynt, Sutherland, Scotland, on September 17, 1780. He was a bright, adventurous lad, who attended parish school, and there aquired a good common school education. But his thirst for knowledge led him further afield. He went to Aberdeen, entered the university there, and, in the year 1812, became a graduate in arts. It was about this time that he married a young woman of his native village, Miss Mary McLeod. After graduating, he studied theology in the University of Edinburgh for a couple of years, but as the rules laid down for licentiates included conditions he could not accept, he felt that he could not accept a licence to preach the Gospel from any Presbytery of the Church of Scotland. Having made up his mind on this point, he turned aside to the teaching profession and spent the next two years as domine in a school in Roxshire. Here is a word picture of the man at the age of 36. Six feet high, erect, spare, but power!
fully built, strong beyond his fellows. Roman features with eagle eyes, and long sinewy arms. Later in life he was described as independent, self-reliant, and autocratic, and would not suffer any interference or restraint from any human souce. If any men attempted to dictate to him he flung defience in their faces and followed his own course. His word was law in church and state. No one dared contradict him. Owning to some misunderstanding with the perish minister of Lochbroom at the end of his second year, Mr. McLeod gave up teaching and spent the next twl years in the occupation of fishing. It was while engaged in this occupation that he made up his mind to leave his native land with a number of his friends and seek more congenial conditions in Nova Scotia. Mr. McLeod had been converted as a young man, and he immediately began to preach, but as his preaching was not along the orthodox lines, he was opposed to the parish minister, as numbers were drwan away from the!
parish church and became followers of Norman McLeod. His power as a preacher was such that he never failed to make a deep impression.
In Assynt and elsewhere, Mr. McLeod succeeded in drawing a number of people after him who strongly sympathised with him in his views regarding the relation of the Church to the State and the evils that florished from that connection. A number of these people attached themselves to him. These were the people who sailed with him from Lochbroom in the month of July, 1817, in the barque Frances Ann, bound for Pictou, in Nova Scotia. The voyage was long and dangerous, the barque springing a leak in mid-Atlantic. Finally they reached Pictou in safety after a voyage....[the rest of the article is lost]