John Smith Moffat Malawi New Zealand Zambia

Biography of John Smith Moffat

John Smith Moffat graduated MA from the University in 1926. He was born at the Livingstonia Mission, Kondowe, Nyasaland, modern day Malawi, son of missionary Malcolm Moffat, and great-grandson of the pioneer missionary, Robert Moffat (1795-1883).

Moffat enrolled at the University in 1923 together with his brother, Unwin Jackson Moffat. Over a period of three years, he took classes in Latin, Mathematics, Political Economy, English, Moral Philosophy, Scottish History, History and Botany.

Moffat pursued a career in the colonial civil services, giving his temporary contact address care of Dr Prentice, the Scottish medical missionary, at Kennetpans, Clackmannan. Moffat went on to undertake roles such as the Commissioner for Native Affairs, and later became leader of the Liberal party in Northern Rhodesia, the Central African Party. He received a Knighthood in 1955.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/55 General Council Register 1930
  • R3/1/4 Register of dates of birth of graduates Vol.VI 1924-1926


John Smith Moffat

Born 25 April 1905.
Died 1985.
GU Degree: MA, 1926; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: civil servants; politicians
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow in , leader of the Liberal party in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)
Record last updated: 16th Jan 2014

Country Associations

Malawi Malawi, Kondowe
Place of Birth

New Zealand New Zealand, No Region
Place of Death

Zambia Zambia, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Graduate