The Rev. Professor John Gillies, M.A., B.D. 1870 - 1952

John Gillies was born in the Manse of Kilberry, Argyll, to the Rev. James Gillies and his wife Elizabeth Sword Thomson daughter of John Thomson, Boot and Shoemaker in Rothesay, and his wife Mary Nixon. On the death of her husband James in 1875, Elizabeth brought her son John and daughters Mary and Margaret back to her hometown of Rothesay. They lived at Stonefield, Ardbeg Road.

John was educated at Rothesay Academy, later at the University of Glasgow where he graduated Master of Arts and then at the Free Church College, St. Andrews where he graduated Bachelor of Divinity. He emigrated to Australia and passed exit in the Theological Hall, Ormond College, Melbourne, was Ordained in 1897 at Portarlington and in 1927 became Professor of New Testament Studies at Ormond College. His wife, whom he married in 1899, was Annie Boyack Malcolm Turner the daughter of Colin B. Turner of Fauldtrees, Craigmore, Rothesay.

John Gillies' sister Margaret never married; his sister Mary married Captain McFie in 1916 and lived at Stonefield, Ardbeg Road. I remember visiting her at Stonefield when I was a little girl.

John Graham Gillies, QPM. 1919 - 2000

John Graham Gillies was the last Deputy Chief Constable of Renfrew and Bute Constabulary. He was the youngest son of Neil Gillies, Haulage Contractor and Coal Merchant (Shaw & Gillies), Rothesay. In 1939 he joined the Renfrewshire Constabulary and in 1942 enlisted in the Royal Navy where he served as a radar operator. On demob he returned to the police service. In 1971 he was the senior police officer in charge of operations following the disastrous gas explosion at Clarkston Toll. The award of the Queen's Police Medal the following year was a great honour.

Una (Gillies) Fisher
Una (Gillies) Fisher whose grandfather was a full cousin of Professor John Gillies
and who was the sister of John Graham Gillies.


 
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