“Mr. Wm. Irwin, the leader of the movement, has set sail for America, and is to open a convention in Halifax, on Sunday, 16th last. Altogether he has to attend nine conventions until he returns to Crocknacrieve again next year.” (Impartial Reporter, August 13, 1908)
William Irvine's Trips Abroad 1903 - 1919
|Born January 7, 1863 - Died March 9, 1947, age 84 years|
|1903 Sept 5 *||Columbia||Glasgow Scotland||New York, NY||Preacher||40|
|1905 Aug 25*||Geelong||London, England||Adelaide, South Aust||Missionary||42|
|1906 Mar 19||Moana||Sydney NSW Australia||Vancouver, B.C. Can||Preacher||43|
|1906 Apr 16||City of Topeka||Victoria B.C. Can||San Francisco, CA||Preacher||43|
|1907 Aug 6 *||Ivernia||Liverpool, England||Halifax, N.S. Can||Evangelist||44|
|1908 Aug 8 *||Carthaginian||Liverpool, England||Halifax, N.S. Can||Laborer||45|
|1909 Sept 12 *||Campania||Queenstown, Ireland||New York, NY||Laborer||46|
|1910 Aug 18||Royal George||Bristol, England||Quebec||Evangelist||47|
|1911 Aug 23 *||Royal Edward||Bristol, England||Quebec for Toronto||48|
|1912 Aug 23 *||Empress of Ire.||Liverpool, England||Quebec for Toronto||Evangelist||49|
|1913 Aug 23||Lusitania||Liverpool, England||New York, NY||Evangelist||50|
|Excommunicated||August 10, 1914|
|1914 Sept 5||Baltic||Glasgow, Scotland||New York, NY||
|1919 June 28||Vasari||New York, NY||Liverpool, England||Preacher||56|
|1919 Nov 2||Unknown||Liverpool, England||Jerusalem, Israel||Preacher||56|
|1903 Sept 5 *||With:|
|George Walker||Irish, Preacher, age 26|
|Irvine Weir||Irish, Preacher, age 25|
|1905 Aug 25*||Irvine travelled with:|
|Disembarked at||Cape Town, S.Africa:|
|Mary Moodie, 38||Joseph Kerr, age 24|
|Barbara Baxter, 24||Wilson Reid, age 24|
|Lily Reid, age 26||J. Cavanagh, age 27|
|Martha Skerritt, 22||A. Pierce, age 29|
|1905 Aug 25*||Irvine travelled with:|
|Disembarked in||New Zealand|
|Fanny Carroll, 24||John Fraser, age 27|
|Frances Hodgins, 26||Jim Hodgins, age 29|
|Maggie McDougal, 31||Joe Williamson, age 32|
|Annie Smith, 28||Adam Hutchison, age 28|
|1907 Aug 6*||Irvine travelled with:|
|Jack & May Carroll|
|1908 Aug 8*||Irvine travelled with:|
|George Johnson||Blanche H. Chappell|
|Walter H. Dennison||Janet Dougal|
|Thos. McGivern||Rosetta (Nettie) Miller|
|Wm. Armstrong||Mary K. Wilson|
|1909 Sept 12*||May not be Irvine|
1903: "20 years today since I first saw USA (1903) and 9 years ago since I landed in New York for the last time--going." (1914)
(September 12, 1923 Letter to Dunbars)
1904-05: Irvine wrote that he returned on September 5, 1904, a year to the day he left.
September 1904 to - August 1905, Irvine stayed in the UK.
The first Crocknacrieve Convention was held for a few weeks in Sept, 1904.
He then left on a 2-year trip for 1905 and 1906 before returning to the UK.
1905: Arrived September 25, 1905, aboard the S.S. Geelong, London, England to Cape Town, South Africa
LINK to Passenger List for S. S. Geelong on ancestry.com
1906: He was in San Francisco on April 20 when the Earthquake took place. Had my first trip down California Coast after the Earthquake, April 1906.
Returned to UK in August 1907.
1907: Irvine wrote: 1907, I got back home in August after having meetings in Canada, in two places. Came back to the States that year and had conventions and went back to Ireland for July again, by New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
1908, 1911, 1912: Information taken from Ship List Booklet for 1907 - 1913.
1914: Irvine wrote: Was rejected by Testimony in September 1914.
In 1914, I was rejected by the Testimony and crossed to U.S.A. on September 5th, the same day and from the same port I had left in 1903 on September 5th, eleven years [earlier]. (October 13, 1920 Letter to Dunbars)
Irvine stayed in America during WWI, which ended November 11, 1918.
Irvine wrote: "My last trip up coast in April 1919. Left Los Angeles on June 4 or so, 1919." Possibly, he was referring to the West coast of the USA and was visiting his loyal friends who lived there.
1919: “I have been looking forward to getting my permit for Sat. 5th April, and cross on the Mauretania on 12th April.” (March 31, 1919 Letter to Wm. & Rose Edwards) No record found for Irvine on this ship in ancestry.com.
1919 October 28 - John Long wrote: On Wednesday 29th October, I travelled with my former friend William Irvine, from Kilsyth to... Lancashire, by train. He left on November 2nd to go to Palestine.
1919, November 2 – Departed on S.S. (Unknown) from Glasgow or Liverpool? for Palestine……per John Long’s Journal. (Ancestry.com doesn’t list outgoing ships to Palestine.)
LINK to letter by Irvine giving chronological account of his life