Robert Moffat (1795 – 1883) was a Missionary to South Africa, whose father-in-law was David Livingstone, and the first translator of The Bible into Setswana. Robert Moffat (1843) Painted by George Baxter Moffat was born in Ormiston, East Lothian, but moved to Cheshire to work as a gardener. He joined the London Missionary Society and ..
Introduction The earliest detailed maps of Scotland were those by Timothy Pont (c.1564-c.1614), forming the first atlas of Scotland and being part of Joan Bleau’s (c. 1599-1673) world atlas Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus. The maps of Scotland in his atlas can be found here, Pont’s maps can be found here. Pont was the first to detail the mountains, place names ..
Alexander Keith Johnston (1844-1879) was an explorer and geographer of Tanzania. Born in Edinburgh, he was the only son of the cartographer and publisher Alexander Keith Johnston, elder (1804-1871). His father and private tutors trained him in cartography and geography, and worked for the firm of Edward Stanford from 1866 to 1867. He then travelled ..
Walter Oudney (1790-1824) was a Scottish physician, botanist and North African explorer. Beginnings Born in Edinburgh to humble parents, Oudney began his medical career as a naval surgeon’s mate while in his late teens, becoming a full surgeon in 1810 at 20 years of age. On returning to Edinburgh he took medical classes at the ..
Africans have had a long relationship with Scottish universities and Scottish education, and so to have Scottish universities with Africa. Two have created history pages highlighting some of the important figures: University of Glasgow has two history pages: Student connections with Africa / Glasgow to Africa and The African connection: development of medical and veterinary schools ..
Ayrshire Archives have developed an interesting online exhibition regarding Afro-Caribbean people who were linked with Ayrshire during the 18th and 19th centuries. From their records they have collated information regarding black servants, slaves, owners, the abolition and anti-abolition movements, together with a bibliography to print and online materials. Click here to see the exhibition … ..
John Campbell (1766-1840) was a Scottish missionary and traveller in South Africa. Beginnings John Campbell on the banks of the Orange River, 1815 Campbell was born in Edinburgh at The Cowgate, and educated in the Royal High School alongside Sir Walter Scott. His parents died while in his early childhood and he brought up by ..
James Bruce (1730-1794) was an adventurer, traveller and explorer of North Africa and Ethiopia, where he traced the origins of the Blue Nile. Beginnings Kinnaird House, circa 1905 Bruce was born in Kinnaird House, Stirlingshire, becoming Laird at the age of 28, and descended from the great Scottish King Robert the Bruce. He was a ..
Over the last two decades the study of African peoples and their descendants in the UK has increased dramatically, with research from communities and academia contributing to the understanding. There is now a wide range of sources from printed material to websites informing on a wide variety of African focused issues. This section is a ..
About The Inclusive Museum Traineeship Programme is part of a Heritage Lottery-funded initiative to tackle lack of engagement with the museums and heritage sector from people from BME backgrounds. Part of the programme will provide the opportunity for four non-graduates from BME backgrounds to attain an SVQ level 3 in Museums and Galleries Practice, alongside ..