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Professor John (Old John) Shand
C.M.G., LL.D., M.A.
1834 - 1914


Sources for this article can be divided into two distinct main areas - Scotland and New Zealand - with some additional details found in other areas.


As with any article covering family history, details have been gleaned from the usual family history sources:


Old Parish Registers for births, baptisms & marriages
Census returns
Civil registration for birth, marriage & death
Monumental inscriptions


References to John Shand (and others) were found in some Scottish newspapers:


Aberdeen Journal
Edinburgh Daily Review
Edinburgh Evening Courant
Elgin Courant & Courier
Forres Gazette
Glasgow Herald
The Scotsman


When applying for the position of mathematical master in Edinburgh Academy, John Shand submitted testimonials. These were found as Testimonials in Favour of John Shand, M.A. 1868 at University of Glasgow, Special Collections - Shelfmark: Sp Coll Maclehose 675 - and thanks go to that department for permission to used details found there.

John Shand pops up in Post Office Directories for Ayrshire and Edinburgh, both sets found here; and family references were found in University of Aberdeen Roll of Graduates, 1860-1900.

Locally, some information was found in Moray Council’s LIBINDX facility - the Local Heritage Service's index to sources of information about people, places and subjects relating to Moray. Although LIBINDX seemed contained no entry for John Shand, or for Alexander Shand, his brother, entries were found for:


Alexander Shand, father (NM137804)
Isabella McKenzie, mother (NM099626)
Margaret Hay Shand, sister (NM156396)
Walter Ross, husband of Margaret Hay Shand (NM155167)
James H M Shand, brother (NM169009)


Details regarding John Shand’s appointment in Ayr Academy are courtesy of Ayr Archives; and, the discovery that John Shand joined Prestwick Golf Club in 1861 is to the credit of Andrew Lochead, Archivist there.

New Zealand

For details of John Shand’s life in New Zealand, I have relied heavily on articles found at the National Library of New Zealand’s Papers Past website, which contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

Other New Zealand sources have been of use: the Cyclopedia of New Zealand, has an article on John Shand; the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, similarly. Also, the image of the Wild Deer comes from National Library of New Zealand, ID: 1/2-016755-G

RootsWeb gave up an article about Craighead School, ran by the Shand sisters; as did the Timaru Herald.

John Shand’s golfing exploits come mainly from Papers Past, but also have additional details found on The Otago Golf Club’s website, and from their Club Calendar 2012, generously supplied by Mr Evan Robb, Secretary/Manager at the club.

Beyond that, use was made of cemetery search databases, to track down the places of burial (or cremation) of John Shand’s extended family:




John Shand papers. The collection includes references supporting his appointment at the University of Otago, as the first Professor of Mathematics, which was confirmed in a letter of 3rd September 1870 from John Hislop. Also included are papers relating to his appointment to a Commission relating to education, appointment as a Fellow of the New Zealand University in 1878, and a resolution of thanks from the University Council for his contribution to all levels of education, upon his retirement in October 1913.


Alexander Shand, John’s brother, lived for some time in England, and some reference has been made to census returns from that county.

Likewise, Margaret Hay Shand, John’s sister, seems to have been living in Ireland at the time of the 1911 census, and reference has been made to Irish census returns.

Reference has also been made to minor items found at the National Library of Australia’s Trove website, which is that country’s equivalent to New Zealand’s Papers Past.

Details regarding the marriage of Lily Shand, one of John & Annie’s daughters, to Gilbert Winslow at Umtali in 1904 were gleaned from the South Africa Magazine.


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