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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]

Rev. Evan Bissett

Rev. Evan Bissett , Minister of the Presbyterian Church, Woodlands, who is the third son of Mr. Simon Bissett, farmer, was born at Knockbain, Ross-shire, Scotland, in 1855. Educated primarily at the Free Church school, Nairn, and Forres Academy, he proceeded to Glasgow University, where he went through his arts course, and studied theology at the Free Church College, as well as at the English Presbyterian College, London. In 1882, Mr. Bissett was licensed by the Presbytery of London, and sailed for Sydney by the s s. “John Elder.” On his arrival in New South Wales he was ordained and inducted Into charge of the Presbyterian church at Cooma, where he ministered until 1886. Mr. Bissett then revisited Scotland in consequence of his wife's health and in 1893 arrived in Dunedin, where he was appointed by the session of Knox church to undertake the pastoral work of the congregation during a vacancy; and, in 1894, was inducted into his present charge.