A. M. Mackay: Pioneer Missionary of the Church Missionary Society to Uganda


Alexander Murdoch Mackay (1849–90) was a pioneering missionary to Uganda. The son of a Free Church of Scotland minister, he studied engineering in Edinburgh and Berlin. In 1876 Mackay answered a call of the Church Missionary Society to go to Uganda, where King Mutesa I of Buganda (reigned, 1856–84) had expressed an interest in receiving Christian missionaries. In November 1878 Mackay arrived in Uganda, where he spent nearly 14 years, never once returning to his native Scotland. He translated the Gospel of Matthew into Luganda and applied his engineering skills to build 230 miles of roads. Mackay contracted malarial fever on February 4, 1890, and died four days later. A. M. Mackay: Pioneer Missionary of the Church Missionary Society to Uganda is an account of Mackay’s early life and his work in Uganda, written by his sister, Alexina Mackay Harrison. The book recounts Mackay’s early successes in working with Mutesa, who made Uganda a friend to Great Britain and promised never to fight Christianity, as well as Mackay’s struggles with King Mwanga, who succeeded Mutesa, turned against the missionaries, and persecuted the Ugandan Christians until he was overthrown in 1888.

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Hodder & Stoughton, London



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vii, 488 pages : illustrations


  • From the Uganda Christian University. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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