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Mackay, Alexander Murdoch
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(Oct 13, 1849, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – Feb 8, 1890, Usambiro [today Tanzania]), pioneer of the Anglican Church Missionary Society in Uganda and son of a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. Mackay studied engineering in Edinburgh and in November 1879 came to the court of the king of Buganda. He was admired by the Baganda because of his technical skills and his lively defense of his faith, especially in arguments with Muslims and Catholic missionaries. Mackay's efforts contributed to the establishment of a strong Protestant community in Uganda,…

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Ward, Kevin, “Mackay, Alexander Murdoch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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