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LAIRD, Rev. John Guiness

John Guiness Laird was a native of Ireland who had arrived in Canada during the preceding year (1847). He was born in Fermanagh, Ireland in 1823, so that at the time of his reception on trial he was about twenty-fice years of age. He was siable and comely enough,

He was trained for the work of a National School teacher in the Normal School, Dublin, and followed the occupation of teaching in his native land.

He was converted, and connected himself with Wesleyan Methodism, in his fourteenth year. He had filled the offices of leader, and local preacher for several years when he emigrated.

...from the minutes of the 1847 Wesleyan Methodist Conference in Toronto C.W.

Charges: Received on trial in 1848 at the Belleville Conference, Wesleyan Methodist, 1848 Chatham, 1849 Goderich, ordained in 1850-1852 at the London Circuit, 1853-1855 Sarnia/Moore (Lambton Co.), 1854-1855 Port Sarnia, 1857 St. John (Welland), 1856-1858 Thorold (Niagara), 1859 Hamilton (Wentworth Co.), 1860-1861 London Circuit, 1862-1863 Mt. Pleasant, 1864-1866 Dumfries/Paris (Brant Co.), 1867-1869 Drummondville, 1869 Stamford (Welland Co.), 1870-1872 Fergus (Wellington Co.), 1873-1874 Chairman Owen Sound, 1876-1879 Bowmanville, 1879-1881 Barrie, buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London, (Middlesex Co.), Delegate to First General Conference, Toronto 1874, Secretary of Conference 1878, Chairman of District 1879-1880

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