From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

Was born in 1795, at Renton, Scotland. Such was his advance in college, that at twenty he took his degree of M.A. In 1823, he was licensed to preach, and ordained the same year.  Shortly after he arrived in Montreal he was appointed to  St. Andrew's Church of this city. In 1837 Mr. Matheson received his Doctor's degree. Happening to be in Glasgow at that time, he visited the University at the installation of the Duke of Montrose as Chancellor, and was surprised to hear his own name read out as one of those on whom the honor of D.D. had been conferred. In 1860, he presented to the Prince of Wales the address of welcome from the Presbyterian Church of Canada.  He was connected with St. Andrew's Society from its  inception, and was the first Chaplain, and continued such for twenty-five years.  After a life of usefulness, for both his Church and country, and after a long illness, he died on  the  14th  February, 1879,  aged  seventy-five  years.

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