Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC72
TitleAccession 72: Papers of Alexander Mackay
Extent36 docs., 2 files, 1 vol., 1 bundle
DescriptionThis collection comprises the personal papers of Alexander Mackay relating to his service as a CMS missionary in Uganda. It largely consists of correspondence including letters to his family, 1876-1890, other letters to and from Mackay and his journal for the period May-July 1886
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryAlexander Murdoch Mackay (1849-1890) of Rhynie, Scotland was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and Edinburgh University and worked as a mechanical engineer in Berlin. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1876 and was sent to the Eastern Equatorial Africa Mission. He was detained on and near the coast by illness and in making a road to Mpwapwa but ultimately reached Uganda late in 1878. He died at Usambiro in 1890, never having left Eastern Equatorial Africa. He reduced the vernacular of Uganda to writing, translated St Matthew's Gospel into Luganda and was engaged in preparing a catechism.
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905)
Custodial HistoryPresented to the CMS by executors of Rev. J. Harrison, October 1949; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s
Related MaterialCadbury Research Library holds the Church Mission Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Alexander Mackay's service as a CMS missionary. There are also other accessions in the Church Mission Society Unofficial Papers which include material relating to Mackay (GB 0150 CMS/ACC73, CMS/ACC74).


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