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

Notes & Queries

Notes & queries, mainly tasks that might be undertaken to add more details to what’s already in the main part of the document.


Find evidence for birth (or baptism) of John Shand. Thought to be born 22nd January 1834 at Westertown, Elgin, Moray.

More about John Shand’s life as Mathematical Master in Ayr Academy, 1858 to 1868. – Ayr Archives for Ayr Academy Director’s Minutes 1849-1880, reference CO3/10/2/6 and various (un-indexed) local newspapers.

Gather more information on Annie Bell:


Can any evidence be found for her birth/baptism;

Does she appear in 1851 & 1861 census returns;

Can anything be found out about her parents.


Details from certificates & census returns for Margaret Hay Shand, James H M Shand and any other members of the extended family in Scotland.

New Zealand

Certificates & census returns for the (extended) Shand family.

Details of testimonials used when applying for position at Otago University (same as when applying to Ayr?.

Missing references to John Shand in Otago Daily Times, 1901 onwards and Otago Witness, 1910 onwards (not yet available at Papers Past).

John Shand’s papers, reference MISC MS 604 DUHO, in New Zealand; find them – possibly Hutton Collection?

Gather more information on Annie Bell:


What can be found that might flesh out Annie’s character.



Find edition of Standard of Empire that reported, erroneously, John Shand’s death in 1910.

Certificates & census returns for Alexander Shand & Sarah Jones (and extended family).


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