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Duncan McAllum (1751-1834)

Duncan McAllum was born in Argyll, Scotland, the son of a retainer of the Duke of Argyll. He became a Methodist preacher at the age of nineteen and exercised an active circuit ministry for fifty-one years, almost entirely in Scotland. He had originally wanted to go as a missionary to Africa, but was persuaded by Wesley to travel in the Scottish Highlands and islands, where his fluent Gaelic was essential.

Highly regarded by Wesley, who affectionately christened him the "North Star", McAllum was ordained in 1787 for the work in Scotland.

Many of the first Methodist societies in Scotland owe their birth to McAllum's evangelism. His son Daniel also became a Methodist minister.

McAllum superannuated in 1826 and retired to the home of his daughter-in-law where he died.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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