The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Rentoul, Rev. J. Laurence
Rentoul, Rev. J. Laurence, M.A., D.D., is the fourth son of the Rev. James B. Rentoul, D.D., and was born in 1846 at Garvagh, Londonderry, Ireland. He graduated in 1868, and was ordained in 1872 as Minister of St. George's Presbyterian Church, Southport, Lancashire. In 1879 he went to Victoria as pastor of St. George's, East St. Kilda. In 1888 he was appointed to the Professorship of Sacred Languages and Christian Philosophy in the Theological Hall in connection with Ormond College. At an early age Professor Rentoul received the honorary degree of D.D. from the Theological Faculty of Ireland. In 1878 he was married to a daughter of the late D. T. Rattray of Chili, South America, and Southport, Lancashire.