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Wm. Irvine's Trips Abroad
1903 - 1919
Revised December 10, 2022

“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, aged 84

Departed on Steamship From Destination Occupation Age
1903 Sept 5-14 * Columbia Glasgow, Scotland New York, NY Preacher 40
1904* stayed home a year 41
1905 Aug 25* Geelong London, England Adelaide, S. Aust. Missionary 42
1906 Mar 19-Ap4 Moana Sydney, NSW Australia Honolulu, Hawaii Preacher 43
1906 Apr 16 * City of Topeka Victoria, B.C. Canada San Francisco, CA Preacher 43
1906 June 30 Empress of Britain Quebec, Canada Liverpool, Eng Evangelist 43
1907 Aug 6-15* Ivernia Liverpool, England Boston, Mass. Evangelist 44
1908 Aug 8* Carthaginian Liverpool, England Halifax, N.S. Can Laborer 45
1909 May 7 Numidian St John & PhiladelphiaPA Glasgow, Scot Preacher 46
1910 Aug 18* Royal George Bristol, England Quebec, Canada Evangelist 47
1911 July 12 Geelong Australia/Capetown London, Eng Preacher 48
1912 ?? 49
1913 Aug 23 Lusitania Liverpool, England New York, NY Evangelist 50
Excommunicated August 10, 1914  
1914 Oct 10-17* Olympic Glasgow, Scotland New York, NY Miner


1919 June 28 Vasari New York, NY Liverpool, England Preacher 56
1919 Nov 2-27 Unknown Liverpool, England Jerusalem, Israel Preacher 56
1903 Sept 5 * With:    
  George Walker Irish, Preacher, age 26 Passenger # 19
  Irvine Weir Irish, Preacher, age 25 Passenger # 20
1905 Aug 25* Irvine travelled with:  
  Disembarked at Cape Town, S.Africa:
  Mary Moodie, age 38 Joseph Kerr, age 24
Barbara Baxter, age 24 Wilson Reid, age 24
  Lily Reid, age 26 J. Cavanagh, age 27
Martha Skerritt, age 22 A. Pierce, age 29
  Falkiner, Laura, age 33
1905 Aug 25* Irvine travelled with:  
  Disembarked in New Zealand
  Fanny Carroll, age 24 John Fraser, age 27
  Frances Hodgins,age 26 Jim Hodgins, age 29
  Maggie McDougal, 31 Joe Williamson, age 32
  Annie Smith, age 28 Adam Hutchison, age 28
1907 Aug 6* Irvine travelled with:  
  Jack Carroll 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
Joseph Brown  
  John Baillie  
  Irvine travelled with:  
1910 Aug. 18* James E. Hawkins Ida Hawkins

NOTES: Twenty 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)

: 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: spent a year at home (Oct 13, 1921 Letter to Dunbars)
The first Crocknacrieve Convention was held for a few weeks in September 1904.
He then left on a 2-year trip for 1905 and 1906 before returning to the UK.

1905:  Arrived in Adelaide, South Australia on September 25, 1905, aboard the S.S. Geelong, from London, England via Cape Town, South Africa enroute to Adelaide, SA. LINK to Passenger List for S. S. Geelong on

1906–1908: He was in San Francisco on April 18 when the Earthquake took place.
Had my first trip down California Coast after the Earthquake, April 1906.

He returned to UK in August 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 [1908], by New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. 

1914:  Irvine wrote:  Was rejected by Testimony in September 1914. No ship records found.
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).
Nine years ago [today] since I landed in New York for the last time–going (1914) (Sept. 12, 1923 Letter to Dunbars).

October 10, 1914, about a month after WWI began, Irvine, age 51, boarded the SS Olympic in Gourock/Glasgow for New York, New York, US, to visit Mrs. Abernethy in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, US (possibly Andrew Abernethy's mother, Martha, George Walker's first convert in the US). He gave his occupation as "miner." He did not leave emptyhanded/with empty pockets. Ship records reveal he declared $7,000 USD in his possession, a value of about $190,000 today. He remained in the US during WWI, which began in 1914.

Irvine stayed in America during WWI, which ended November 11, 1918. He wrote:  "My last trip up coast in April 1919. Left Los Angeles on June 4 or so, 1919" (October 13, 1920 Letter to Dunbars). Possibly visiting his loyal friends living on the West coast, US.

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

1919, November 2: Departed on S.S. (Unknown) from Glasgow or Liverpool? for Palestine…John Long wrote: On Wednesday 29th October, I travelled with my former friend William Irvine, from Kilsyth to Widnes, Lancashire, [England] by train.  He left on November 2nd to go to Palestine (JL Journal 1919 October 28, 1919).

LINK to Irvine's letter to Dunbars giving chronological account of his life

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