Traditional Porteous Coat-of-Arms


While researching the Porteous/Porteus family through the centuries, it has been striking to see the unusual number who have entered the ministry, including the noted Dr. Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London and abolitionist who fought against the slave trade (1731–1809).

I list below the family members we have encountered so far who have been churchmen and women, both ordained and lay, and those who have served overseas on the mission field.

In addition, it has been interesting to note that there are many other Porteous/Porteus family members (not listed here) who have held positions of responsibility in their church.

In many cases precise dates of birth and death are unknown, so only an approximate timeframe is given – usually the recorded date(s) of minstry. At the time of writing more research is ongoing.

1550Rev Sir William PORTEOUSVicar of Kilbucho, Skirling, Biggar and Broughton, Peeblesshire
1701–38Rev James PORTEOUS, DDMinister, Monivaird, Perthshire
1732–75Rev John PORTEOUSMinister of the parish of Kilmuir-Easter, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
1735–54Rev Robert PORTEUSRector, Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire
d1791Rev William Lee PORTEUSRector, Parish of Listrumgrarh, County Leitrim, Ireland
1731–1809Rt Rev Dr Beilby PORTEUS, DDChaplain to the King, Bishop of Chester, Lord Bishop of London
1735–1812Rev Dr William PORTEOUSPresbytery of Auchterarder, Parish of Whitburn, Linlithgowshire – Pastor, Wynd Church, Glasgow
ca 1750Rev William PORTEOUSMinister, Rafford, Moray (near Inverness), Scotland
1745–1813Rev William PORTEOUSVicar of Kilbucho, later the united parish of Broughton, Glenholm and Kilbucho, Peeblesshire
1760-1835Rev William PORTEUSCurate, Devenish, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 1784–91; Cleenish 1788–1831; Rector, Boho 1831–35
1783–1861Mary PORTEOUSItinerant lay preacher, Primitive Methodist Church, Ripon (1828, 1829); Carlisle (1830–33); Hexham (1833–5); North Shields (1836–8); Sunderland (1838); Durham (1839)
1802–76Rev James PORTEOUSMinister, Prestonkirk, Taprain, East Linton, East Lothian
1808–96Canon Beilby PORTEUSVicar of Edenhall, Cumbria
1812–95Rev John PORTEOUSFirst minister, Knox Presbyterian Church, St Catherine's, Ontario
1819Rev J PORTEOUSMinister, Township of Kingston, Ontario, Canada
1820Rev James PORTEOUSPastor, Abbey Place Relief Chapel, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
1822–91Rev James Moir PORTEOUSMinister, Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire, author of God's Treasure House in Scotland
1829Rev M PORTEOUSMinister, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
b1816–96Rev John PORTEOUSMinister, Port Dalhousie, Ontario
1830–1916Rev David PORTEOUSMinister, Free Methodist Church, Box Hill, Melbourne, Australia 1850 – Ringwood Church; Home Missionary, New Zealand West Coast, 1866
1832Rev James PORTEOUSMinister, James Square, Edinburgh
1832–97Rev George PORTEOUSSt Andrews Church, Wolfe Island, Kingston, Ontario
1839–1907Rev Thomas PORTEUSMinister, Walsingham, Norfolk in 1871
1841Rev John PORTISVicar, Little Leigh, Essex, England
1844Rev James PORTEOUSMinister, Free Church, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland
1850Rev William PORTEOUSSt. Paul's Church, Spittal, Northumberland, England
1857Rev Thomas Binning PORTEOUSJohannesburg, South Africa
c1860Rev T PORTEOUSHarrismith, South Africa
1863–74Rev Dr GB PORTEOUSAuthor, On The Pulpit And Stage, Or Churches And Theatres And Players And Preachers, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
1864Rev GB PORTEUSMinister of the Glasgow Society, editor of The Progressionist (article in Intellectual Repository and New Jerusalem magazine)
1865–69Rev William Pim PORTEUSPastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, Fountain Park Church, Grande Prairie; Calvary Presbyterian Church, Carr, St Louis, Missouri
1866James William PORTEOUSMethodist local preacher, Stockton, County Durham
1867–74Rev George Bain PORTEOUSCurate, Burley, Leeds, Yorkshire 1867–69; Emmanuel Church, Camberwell, Middlesex 1869–70; St Andrew's, Stockwell, Surrey 1870–71; Minister, Bedford Chapel, Bloomsbury, London 1871
1789–1870Rev James PORTEOUSMinister, East United Presbyterian Congregation, Coldstream, Scotland, d 1870 (obituary in The United Presbyterian Magazine)
1870Rev William PORTEOUSChosen to preside in the East United Presbyterian Congregation session during the above vacancy
1873Rev D PORTEOUSBrisbane, Queensland, Australia
1874Rev W PORTEOUSMinister, Spittal United Presbyterian Church, Berwickshire
1874Rev Dr PORTEOUSPastor, All Souls' Church, Brooklyn, drowned 1875
1876–1948Canon Thomas Cruddas PORTEUS, MA, BD, FRHistSAuthor of Duxbury Hall, History of a Famous Estate, son of Thomas Porteus above, father of Wilfred Beilby Porteus below
1883Rev John PORTEOUS, MA, BDPaisley, Lanarkshire, Scotland
1883–1954Rev Garnet Vere PORTUSMorpeth, New South Wales, Australia; Sydney, 1911; University of Sydney, 1918; d Adelaide, 1954
1888–1900 Rev George A PORTEOUSMinister, Dundas, Ontario
1894–1907Rev David John PORTEOUSMinister, Kirk of Calder, Mid Calder, West Lothian – Port Glasgow
1889–98Rev Matthew John PORTEUS, BACurate, Ardagh, Co Longford, Ireland 1889–90; Kinawley, Co Fermanagh 1890–93; Inishmagrath, Co Leitrim 1893–97; Surrogate, Diocese of Kilmore and Chaplain, Manorhamilton Workhouse, 1898
1898Rev Joseph PORTEUS
1898–2003Rev Prof Norman W PORTEOUSTheologian, writer on Old Testament issues, member of panel of translators, New English Bible
1900Rev Charles Frederick PORTEUS
c1900Marjorie PORTEOUSMissionary, China
c1900Hilda PORTEOUSMissionary, India
1904Gladstone PORTEOUSMissionary, Kweichow, Szechwan and East Yunnan, China
1904Rev Robert W PORTEOUSMissionary, Yichun, Jianxi Province, China
1909Dr William James PORTEOUSMissionary, Shahabad and Jagadhri, Punjab, India
1867–1908James Ferguson PORTEOUSMinister, Yorkshire
1903Rev RJ PORTEOUSChristian Vegetarian Association
1910Rev Mr PORTEUSCurate, Church of Ireland, Church Street, Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland
b1910Rev Matthew Thomas PORTEUSVicar, West Haddon with Winwick 1956–73
1910–59Rev Wilfred Beilby PORTEUSMinister, Wigan, Lancashire – St Thomas, Garstang, Blackburn, Lancashire
1912Canon Alan Cruddas PORTEUSHon Canon, Newcastle Cathedral, Tyne and Wear, England 1972–79
1920Sister Mollie PORTEOUSHammond Island, Torres Strait; Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia
c1920–21Rev Joseph PORTEUSVicar, Cockerton 1934–52, Bishop Middleham 1952–67
1924Rev Stewart Wallace PORTEOUSMinister, United Church of Canada, British Columbia
c1925Rev Charles Christopher PORTEUSCurate and Sacrist, All Saints Cathedral, Wakefield 1962–65, Curate-in-charge, St David's of Scotland, Edinburgh 1965–71, Priest in charge, Prestonpans Diocese, Edinburgh 1971
c1917Rev John PORTEOUSPaisley, Scotland; from 1927 Chairman of the Technical College, Abbotsinch, Paisley, Scotland
c1928Rev PORTEOUSThe Apostolic Faith Church, Zion Tabrnacle Apostolic Church, Kokomo, N. Indiana, US
c1925Rev James Michael PORTEUSVicar, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London 1974–86; Tucson, Arizona, USA 1986
c1925Rev John Clive PORTHOUSEVicar, St Andrew, Sidcup, Kent 1968–74; Rural Dean, Beckenham, Kent 1980–86; Vicar, St Peter with Christ Church and St Matthew, Southborough 1986
c1925Canon Eric John PORTEUSSub-Dean, Woolwich 1974–77; Rector, Woolwich St Mary with St Michael 1977–79; Hon Canon, Chelmsford Cathedral 1986
c1925Rev Michael Stanley PORTEOUSTeam Vicar, Moulsecoomb, Chichester 1985–88; Rector, West Blatchington 1988
c1925Rev Roger Gordon Hargreaves PORTHOUSERector, Frettenham with Stanninghall, Norfolk 1975–81, Spixworth with Crostwick, Norfolk 1975–81, Vicar, Hailsham, Sussex 1981–91
c1925Rev Gilbert PORTEOUSUnited Reformed Church, Sheldon, Birmingham, West Midlands, England
c1950Rev Victor Iain PORTEUS
c1950–91Rev Robert John Norman PORTEOUSIncumbent, Ardtrea with Desertcreat, Ireland 1979–83, Annaghmore 1983
1914–2002Canon Lawrence William PORTEOUS, LThCanon Emeritus, Diocese of Wellington, Anglican Church in New Zealand
c1955–2009Rev PORTEOUSVicar, St Mary's Church, Ponteland, Northumberland, England
c1956Rev Dr James Kirk PORTEOUSMinister, Church of Scotland, St John's Church, Cupar, Fife, Scotland; Ordained in 1944, Presbytery of London; Army chaplain in the Far East; Logiealmond, near Crieff, 1948; Presbyterian chaplain to Trinity College, Glenalmond, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
b1960Peter James PORTEOUSPriest, Servite Fathers, Los Angeles, California, USA – works with street children
1977–81Rt Rev Morgan PORTEUSSometime Bishop of Connecticut, Episcopal Church of United States of America
c1980sRev PORTEOUSChrist's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, England
1944–85Rev Chester A PORTEOUSBraintree, Massachusetts
c1986Rev Michael PORTEOUSVicar, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, West Sussex, England
1992Rev Chris PORTEOUSMinister, St Andrew's Church (the English Kirk), Prestonpans, East Lothian
c1992Rev Michael James PORTEOUSPastor, Greenlane Christian Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
bef1995Rev Skipp PORTEOUSFormerly Pentecostal minister
1999Rev Joan (Cottrell) PORTEUSMinister, Episcopal Church of United States of America and wife of the above Morgan Porteus
2000Rev Jean PORTEOUSMinister, United Church, Lynn (near Brockville), Ontario
2001Very Rev Christopher M PORTEUSMinister, St Phillip's Episcopal Church, Maryland
2001Rev Beverly Lugrin PORTEUSRector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkton, Maryland and wife of the above Christopher Porteus
2001Rev J Michael PORTEUSRector, St Columba, Portree, Isle of Skye
2001Rev James Moir PORTEUSElder, New Testament Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen
2001Ed PORTEUSFlorida District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Florida
2001Bruce Edward PORTEOUSUnited Church of God, Auckland, New Zealand
2001Rev Canon Norman PORTEUSRector, Derryloran Parish Church, Presbyterian Church of Ireland
2002Rev Dr George PORTICESenior Pastor, University Presbyterian Church, Rochester Hills, Michigan
2002Most Rev Julian Charles PORTEOUS, DD, VGBishop of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
c2003Rev Michael PORTEOUSChrist Church, Bangkok, Thailand
c2003Rev Rod PORTEOUSThe Reforming Alliance, Australia
c2010Pastor Mike PORTEOUSGreenlane Christian Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
c2010Rev Michael PORTEUSPaknampran, Thailand

The above list has been compiled from information gathered from a variety of sources, much of it supplied in personal correspondence, and from postings on Internet bulletin boards, and its reliability cannot necessarily be fully guaranteed. I am aware that there may be some duplication, but have attempted to verify each entry.

Family historians are advised to check the accuracy of all names and dates for themselves. Wherever possible, the author will be willing to give further details of sources of information.

Please notify any corrections or omissions to Bruce Porteous at the Porteous Research Project. Any information about the emigration of Porteous/Porteus families (regardless of spelling) will be gratefully received.

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