Beighton, Thomas and Abigail


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380698
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Beighton, Thomas and Abigail
Date(s) of contents: 1818-1821
Level of description: Super-collection
Extent and medium: 1 volume

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Beighton | Thomas | 1790-1844 | missionary
Beighton | Abigail | 1791-1879 | née Tobitt | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Beighton: born at Ednaston, Derbyshire, 1790; studied at Gosport; appointed to the Malacca mission of the London Missionary Society (LMS); ordained at Derby, 1817; married Abigail Tobitt; sailed to Malacca via Madras with his wife, 1818; stationed at Penang, 1819; carried out missionary work in Penang, the Malayan Peninsula, and the Queda coast, particularly educational work and translation; responsible for the mission printing press at Penang, which produced materials in Malay and English; died in Penang, 1844. Publications: various Christian texts published in Malay, 1836-1841.

Abigail Beighton (née Tobitt): born, 1791; engaged in missionary work in female education; returned to England, 1846; died at Barnet, 1879.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented in 1999.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Typescript transcript of letters and extracts of letters, and some photocopies of original letters, 1818-1821, from Thomas and Abigail Beighton to family and friends, recording problems encountered on the journey from England to Madras; local customs; and missionary work in Malacca and Penang, particularly their work in education; also including much discussion of family matters and of relationships among the missionary communities.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids: Database.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including Thomas Beighton's candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 1 No 39); journals (or extracts) of Thomas Beighton in Penang, 1819, 1822-1824, 1830, 1838-1839 (Ref: CWM/LMS Ultra Ganges Journals); letters of Thomas or Abigail Beighton from Penang, 1819-1845 (Ref: CWM/LMS Ultra Ganges Penang Incoming correspondence).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Dictionary of National Biography; LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree; British Library OPAC.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Asian cultures
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Cultural heritage
Customs and traditions
Educational missionary work
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Lay missionaries
Maritime transport
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Ordained missionaries
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religious activities
Religious groups
Transport
Travel
Travel abroad
Wives of missionaries
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Beighton | Abigail | 1791-1879 | née Tobitt | missionary x Tobitt | Abigail
Beighton | Thomas | 1790-1844 | missionary

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society

Places
Malacca
Malaysia
Melaka
Penang
South East Asia
West Malaysia