David Bogue Lecture Notes

Reference code(s): GB 1953 DBLN
Held at: University of Wales Lampeter, Founders' Library
Domain: archival
Title: David Bogue Lecture Notes
Date(s) of contents: c. 1815-16
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: Three volumes


Name of creator(s): Unknown.

Administrative/Biographical history: David Bogue, mission promoter and missionary educator, was born in 1750 in Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland. The son of John Bogue, a small landowner and magistrate, he studied divinity at Edinburgh University with a view to entering the ministry. As an opponent of the system of church patronage he was unable to find a ministry in Scotland and eventually, in 1777 after some time in London, became pastor at a Congregational church in Gosport, Hampshire. In 1789 he opened a small seminary for training ministers. Bogue has been described as the architect of the modern missionary movement. He was a prominent supporter of evangelism in Hampshire and the Scottish Highlands but, more importantly, was a pioneer of the London Missionary Society (LMS). Sermons, meetings and articles initiated by Bogue led directly to the formation of the LMS in 1785 and he became a long-serving director of the Society. Unable to go to India as a missionary himself he set about training and educating missionaries in his seminary, convinced that such preparation was vital for success. He trained at least 115 missionaries for the LMS, nearly half of them for India, and his lectures were used for training indigenous ministers in the field. Bogue was part of a mission to France in 1802, he was active in establishing the Religious Tract Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society and was a proponent of Jewish missions. With James Bennett he wrote a four volume History of Dissenters which became a standard. He received a D.D. from Yale in 1815. Bogue died in 1825 in Brighton while on a preaching tour on behalf of the LMS.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Thomas Phillips.


Scope and content/abstract: The manuscripts comprise three volumes of lectures on theological subjects, including sacred geography and missionary studies. The third volume is inscribed as being a course of lectures on missionary life delivered by Dr Bogue to students at Gosport Theological Academy.

System of arrangement: Arranged in three volumes.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: The manuscripts may be consulted on application to the Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED, tel.: 01570 424716, e-mail: founderslibrary@lamp.ac.uk

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: See the Provisional Handlist to the Post-Medieval Manuscripts at Founders' Library, University of Wales, Lampeter.


Related material: Diary, notes and other papers are held at Edinburgh University New College Library.


Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002

Missionary training

Personal names
Bogue | David | 1750-1825

Corporate names
Gosport Theological Academy

Western Europe