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David Sutherland


Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)

Reverend David Sutherland was born in 1859 to Alexander Sutherland in Braun, Caithnesshire, Scotland.

David was educated at the University of Edinburgh and Pine Hill Divinity College in Halifax, N.S. He would be ordained in 1888 by the Maritime Synod of Halifax Presbytery. David served as the ordained minister of Grove Church, in Richmond, Halifax for a short time.

David met and married Mary Ellen (Minnie) Weatherbie in Nova Scotia, they had four children. (David and Minnie’s son Douglas Adamson Sutherland sadly passed away on 15 October 1917, as a soldier in World War 1 at the age of 27. He is buried in La Targette British Cemetery in Pas de Calais, France).

David and Minnie would move to Prince Edward Island after he was called and inducted to the Zion Presbyterian Church in Charlottetown, on 18 December 1889. During his time at Zion Presbyterian Church, David was said to be loved by the congregation and he stayed as the minister of the church until his early death.

Sadly on 8 July 1898 in Charlottetown, Reverend David Sutherland passed away at the age of 39.

In UPEI’s Provenance Collection the book, “The Orthodox Theology of To-Day”, by Newman Smyth, has David’s signature, place and date, “David Sutherland, Grove Manse, Richmond, October 1889”, along with the signature of Donald MacKinnon, “Charlottetown, August 6th, 1898”.


Archives Committee. “Got on fairly well-Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898)”. Regions East United Church of Canada. (2016, September 01). Retrieved from

Rev. David Sutherland (1859-1898) records listing. Regions East United Church of Canada. (2019, July 08). Retrieved from

Memory PEI. (1987). “Records of Rev. David Sutherland : [1890-1896]”. Zion Presbyterian Church (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) Retrieved from

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial, (2021). “Douglas Adamson Sutherland”. Veterans Affairs Canada. Retrieved from

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