Papers of Alexander Mackay

Reference code(s): GB 0150 CMS/ACC72
Held at: Birmingham - University of, Information Services, Special Collections Department
Title: Papers of Alexander Mackay
Date(s) of contents: 1876-1950
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: 36 docs., 2 files, 1 vol., 1 bundle


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Alexander Murdoch Mackay (1849-1890) of Rhyme, Scotland was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and Edinburgh University and worked as a mechanical engineer in Berlin. He was accepted as a CMS missionary in 1876 and was in the first party of missionaries to the Eastern Equatorial Africa Mission. He was detained on and near the coast by illness and in making a road to Mpwapwa, but ultimately reached Uganda late in 1878. He died at Usambiro in 1890, never having left Eastern Equatorial Africa. He reduced the vernacular of Uganda to writing, translated St Matthew's Gospel into Luganda and was engaged in preparing a catechism.
Reference: Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904 (Church Missionary Society, 1905)

Custodial history: These papers of Alexander Mackay were presented to the CMS by executors of Rev. J. Harrison, October 1949; transferred on permanent loan to the Special Collections Department by the CMS in the 1980s

Immediate source of acquisition:


Scope and content/abstract: This collection comprises the personal papers of Alexander Mackay relating to his service as a CMS missionary in Uganda. It largely consists of correspondence including letters to his family, 1876-1890, other letters to and from Mackay and his journal for the period May-July 1886.

System of arrangement: This collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Open Access to all registered readers

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: A catalogue of this collection to file and item level is available in electronic format on the University of Birmingham Information Services Online Archive Catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation in the Special Collections Department reading room.


Related material: The Special Collections Department holds the Church Missionary Society Archive, the official archive of the society (GB 0150 CMS), which includes papers relating to Alexander Mackay's service as a CMS missionary. There are also other accessions in the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers which include material relating to Mackay (GB 0150 CMS/ACC73, CMS/ACC74)


Date(s) of descriptions: Created 17/08/2001, modified 16/09/2002

African languages

Personal names
Mackay | Alexander Murdoch | 1849-1890 | missionary

Corporate names
Church Missionary Society

East Africa