David Livingstone Bicentenary


Church Leaders from across Scotland had one of their regular meetings today at the David Livingstone Centre which is at Blantyre, south of Glasgow. This is part of the bicentenary celebrations of David Livingstone’s birth. Here they are with young people from Motherwell College who staff the Cafe at the Centre


I had never been to the Centre – it turns out to be a major National Trust property in which the former mill buildings where Livingstone grew up are preserved as a museum and educational centre. He was obviously a completely remarkable person – dedicated to Christian mission and to the abolition of slavery. Like many remarkable people, he was probably also impossible – if you haven’t read it, Margaret Forster’s book ‘Good Wives?’ gives an interesting picture of his home life and relationships.