02/12/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Missionary Mary Slessor was born in Aberdeen - On this day in history

03f02c60-46ec-4cdf-94b0-c5d650c93f8c
Mary Slessor, missionary and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 2 December 1848 in Aberdeen. At the age of eleven, Mary took a job in a Dundee jute mill after her family moved to the city. As an adult, she applied to the United Presbyterian Church's Foreign Mission Board for an overseas posting and was sent to Nigeria.

During her stay in the country, Mary endeared herself to the locals by adopting young children who would otherwise have been ritually slaughtered. She helped to spread Christianity in Nigeria and to promote the rights of women, becoming affectionately known as 'Ma' by the tribes with whom she lived.
 

Back to "On this day in history" Category

02/12/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Mary of Guise was born - On this day in Scottish history

Mary of Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, was born on 22 November 1515. ...


Celebrate St Andrew's Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night with VisitScotland Winter Festivals events

Scotland's Winter Festivals will comprise twenty events across seventeen local authority areas after funding ...


Works of art from the collections of Charles II to go on display in Scotland for the first time

Charles II: Art & Power is a new exhibition that opens at Palace of Holyroodhouse on 23 November 2018, ...


On this day in history - James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, died

Scottish poet James Hogg, the 'Ettrick Shepherd', died on 21 November 1835. ...


Other Articles

On this day in history - James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, died

Scottish poet James Hogg, the 'Ettrick Shepherd', died on 21 November 1835. ...


James Bruce, 8th Lord Elgin died - On this day in Scottish history

James Bruce, the 8th Lord Elgin, died on 20 November 1863.


The history and legend of the Saltire

How did the Saltire become Scotland's national flag? When was the flag first used? Find out with this special ...


The Making of a French Queen of Scots

In our latest guest blog to mark the release of the movie Mary Queen of Scots, Moniek Bloks, editor of ...