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Alexander Murdoch Mackay

Alexander Murdoch Mackay
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Alexander Murdoch Mackay
Born 13 October 1849
Died 4 February 1890
Nationality British
Occupation Missionary

Alexander Murdoch Mackay (13 October 1849 – 4 February 1890) was a Presbyterian missionary to Uganda.

Missionary work

Mackay was born on 13 October 1849. He studied at the Free Church Training School for Teachers at Edinburgh, then at Edinburgh University, and finally at Berlin. He displayed a great aptitude for mechanics, and spent several years as a draftsman in Germany.

Mackay decided to become a missionary after Henry Morton Stanley was told by Mutesa I of Buganda that Uganda wanted missionaries. He joined the Church Missionary Society in 1876.[1] Mackay reached Zanzibar on 30 March 1876, followed by Uganda in November 1878.[citation needed]

He taught various skills to the Ugandan people, including carpentry and farming. He was named Muzunguwa Kazi by the Ugandans. The name means "white man of work."[1] Mackay's work in Uganda came under threat after Kiwewa came into power. He worked in Uganda until 1890. He became sick with malarial fever and died four days later.


  • Alexander M. Mackay, Pioneer Missionary of the Church Missionary Society in Uganda; by his Sister. London, 1899.
  • A.E. Macdonald (pseud.Andrew Melrose). Alexander Mackay, Missionary Hero of Uganda. London, 1893.
  • Mackay of Uganda. The story of the life of Mackay of Uganda by his sister. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1906. 323 pages.
  • Fahs, Sophia Lyon. Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay. New York: Young People's Missionary Movement (1907).
  • "The Greatest Missionary since Livingston", an Address by Professor Anthony Low, at St John the Baptist's Parish Church, Canberra, ACT, 15 October 2000.


  1. ^ a b "Uganda's White Man of Work: A Story of Alexander M. Mackay". World Digital Library. 1907. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 


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