Joseph Medlicott Scriven

SCRIVEN, Joseph Medlicott. b. Seapatrick near Banbridge, Co Down, Ireland (later Northern Ireland), 10 September 1819; d. Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, 10 August 1886. The son of James Scriven and Jane Medlicott, he attended Addiscombe Military College, Surrey (1837-39), training for service in India. Owing to poor health he withdrew, returning to Ireland and studying at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1842). Impelled by his fiancée’s drowning on the eve of their wedding, Scriven emigrated from Ireland to Woodstock, Canada West (the former name of Ontario), in 1844, where he gathered a Plymouth Brethren group and taught school. In the early 1850s he organized a private school in Brantford and...

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