REV. JOHN MCKENNY
John McKenny (1788-1847), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born at Coleraine, Ireland. He came of a Wesleyan family and began preaching in 1807. In the next year he was listed as a lay preacher, given full status in 1811 and accepted in 1813 as a member of Thomas Coke’s mission to the East. McKenny’s field was South Africa, where he worked for two years despite official discouragement. From 1816 to 1834 he served in Ceylon and then returned to England in poor health. After regaining his health he was sent to Australia and died 31 Oct 1847 in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
John McKenny first station was Galle where he superintended the school in 1817. He then served in Dondra, Weligama, Matara, Ambalangoda, Colpetty, again in Galle and then at Colpetty after which he went back to England due to ill health.