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W. H. McLeod

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William Hewat "Hew" McLeod (2 August 1932 – 20 July 2009) was a New Zealand scholar who wrote about Sikh history and culture. He produced many books and essays on Sikh identity, Sikh history and Sikh theology. His work frequently was a source of controversy.[1]

William Hewat McLeod
Born (1932-08-02)2 August 1932
Feilding, New Zealand
Died 20 July 2009(2009-07-20) (aged 76)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Education School of Oriental and African Studies
Known for Sikh history and culture
Spouse(s) Margaret Wylie (m. 1955)
Scientific career
Fields Historian
Thesis The life and doctrine of Gurū Nānak (1965)


Personal lifeEdit

McLeod was born and raised in a farming family near Feilding, in New Zealand's North Island. He met Margaret Wylie in Dunedin during his university studies, and they were married in May 1955. They had four children.[1]


McLeod was educated at Nelson College from 1946 to 1950,[2] and then at the University of Otago, Dunedin, where he earned a BA and then an MA in history, graduating in 1954.[3] He then began theological studies and in 1958 joined the New Zealand Presbyterian church's mission to Punjab, India. At Kharar, in Punjab, he learned the local languages (Hindi and Punjabi) and taught English at the Christian Boys secondary school.

Later, he completed a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 1965.[1]

In 1990 he was awarded a DLit by the University of London,[4] and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1999.[5]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b c Ballantyne, Tony (3 September 2009). "WH McLeod". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. ^ "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Mc". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Olssen, Erik (19 November 2010). "William Hewat McLeod". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Academy: M–O". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

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