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From the National Library of Scotland

Part 1: Missions to India and China, 1829-1933

  • The Church of Scotland entered the mission field in 1824 and sent its first missionaries to Bombay in 1829, to Calcutta in 1830, to Poona in 1834 and to Madras in 1837.
  • We publish letters from the pioneer missionaries, including Alexander Duff, John Wilson and John Anderson, addressed to the convenors in Scotland.
  • The project documents the development of schools in India by the missionaries and the medical work that they undertook.
  • A further wave of missionary activity was launched by the Church of Scotland in the second half of the 19th century, and this is reflected in letters from missionaries operating in the Punjab, Bombay, Poona, Darjeeling, Calcutta and Madras, and in China, from 1914 to 1933. 
  • Topics include the impact of World War One and changing attitudes towards British rule in India.  The letters can usefully be contrasted with those of the pioneers, and differences in policy, practice and theological motivation can be found.

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