Alexander Murdoch Mackay

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Alexander Murdoch Mackay
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Alexander Murdoch Mackay
Born 13 October 1849
Died 4 February 1890
Nationality British
Occupation Missionary

Alexander Murdoch Mackay (13 October 1849 – 4 February 1890) was a Presbyterian missionary to Uganda.

Missionary work[edit]

Mackay was born on 13 October 1849. He studied at the Free Church Training School for Teachers at Edinburgh, then at Edinburgh University, and finally at Berlin. He displayed a great aptitude for mechanics, and spent several years as a draftsman in Germany.

Mackay decided to become a missionary after Henry Morton Stanley was told by Mutesa I of Buganda that Uganda wanted missionaries. He joined the Church Missionary Society in 1876.[1] Mackay reached Zanzibar on 30 March 1876, followed by Uganda in November 1878.[citation needed]

He taught various skills to the Ugandan people, including carpentry and farming. He was named Muzunguwa Kazi by the Ugandans. The name means "white man of work."[1] Mackay's work in Uganda came under threat after Kiwewa came into power. He worked in Uganda until 1890. He became sick with malarial fever and died four days later.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Alexander M. Mackay, Pioneer Missionary of the Church Missionary Society in Uganda; by his Sister. London, 1899.
  • A.E. Macdonald (pseud.Andrew Melrose). Alexander Mackay, Missionary Hero of Uganda. London, 1893.
  • Mackay of Uganda. The story of the life of Mackay of Uganda by his sister. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1906. 323 pages.
  • Fahs, Sophia Lyon. Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay. New York: Young People's Missionary Movement (1907).
  • "The Greatest Missionary since Livingston", an Address by Professor Anthony Low, at St John the Baptist's Parish Church, Canberra, ACT, 15 October 2000.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay". World Digital Library. 1907. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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