James Stewart South Africa

Biography of James Stewart

James Stewart
James Stewart

Born in Edinburgh, 14th February 1831 he was educated at Edinburgh High School and Perth Academy. He was influenced by the work of David Livingstone and decided to become a missionary for Africa and commenced studies at the University of St.Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.

In 1862 Stewart travelled to Zambezi with Mrs Mary Livingstone and two asscoiates to commence his missionary work. Whilst there tragical Mrs Livinstone fell ill and died and on David Livingstone's request, Stewart conducted the funeral.He was ordained as a missionary to Africa by the Free Chirch Presbytery in Glasgow.

He returned to complete his studies and graduated from the University of Glasgow with MB CM in 1866. He gained special distinction in the classes of Surgery, Materia Medica and Forensic Medicine.

Stewart married Miss Mina Stephen in 1866 and travelled to the mission station of the Free Church of Scotland at Lovedale arriving in January 1867.

Following his death on 21st December 1905, a monument was erected in his memory at Sandili's Kop close to the Institution at Lovedale.


James Stewart
Born 14 February 1831.
Died 21 December 1905.
GU Degrees: MD CM, 1866; DD, 1893;
University Link: Graduate
Record last updated: 11th Apr 2013

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