Thomas Watson Kenya

Biography of Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson graduated MA from the University in 1887.

Watson joined the East Africa Scottish Mission and served as a missionary to Kenya, then part of British East Africa, from 1891. There he helped establish missionary stations at Kibwezi, Nzoi, and Kikuyu. Watson returned to Scotland on furlough in 1896, and returned to Kenya in 1897 ordained as a minister of the Free Church of Scotland.

During his time in Kenya, Watson also helped to lay the foundation for the educational work of the Church in Kenya. Together with his wife, Minnie Cunning who he married in 1899 at Freretown missionary station, he set up a day school for refugee children and offered evening classes for the men.

Watson died of pneumonia on 4 December 1900.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R3/1/1 (vol 2) Register of dates of birth of graduates Vols.I-III 1881-1915


Thomas Watson
Born 12 October 1858.
Died 4 December 1900.
GU Degree: MA, 1887;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: clergy; missionaries
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University in 1887, missionary to Kenya
Record last updated: 24th Jul 2014

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Kenya Kenya, Kikuyu
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