|Charles Thomas Wilson (1852-1917) was born in Adelaide, South Australia and educated at Oxford University, graduating in 1874. After ordination and serving as curate in Collyhurst, Manchester he was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1876 and appointed to Eastern Equatorial Africa, Nyanza Mission, being among the first of a group of missionaries to Uganda. In 1880 he resigned from the CMS on health grounds and resumed his work as curate and later as vicar in various parishes in England before being appointed an Honorary Member of the Geographical Society of Cairo. In 1883 he offered and was accepted for service again, this time, in the Palestine Mission, taking up a post in charge of the Preparandi Institute in Jerusalem. He served the remainder of his missionary career in Palestine, resigning for family reasons in 1903.
His published works include 'Luganda Grammar and Vocabulary', 'Uganda and the Egyptian Soudan', 'The Testimony of the Books', 'Passages from the Bible' and 'Koran in Arabic'.
His two brothers, Theodore Cameron Wilson and Donald Marten Wilson were also CMS missionaries. He married Jessie Elizabeth Clissold (d.1937) in April 1881. He died at Clifton March 10th 1917.
References: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905) and Register of missionaries additional List I 1804-1892
|Deposited with the CMS in March 1977 and transferred to the Special Collections Department in July 2003