Alexander Gillon Macalpine. Malawi missionary papers and linguistic studies
Scope and Contents
At E2010.37 there is a collection of photographs of local people, the mission at Bandawe, missionary home life and local topography, and some manuscript and typescript fragments and sketch-maps of the Malawi (Nyasaland) highlands and along the Lake Nyasa shore.
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Biographical / Historical
In his earliest years in the country Macalpine did some administrative and postal work. He became the first Clerk of the Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. He prepared a dictionary of the Chitonga language, and translated and revised the New Testament in Chitonga. Two manuscript copies of the dictionary are said to be in the libraries of Glasgow and Witwatersrand Universities.
In 1932, when he was in his early-60s, he retired to Lanarkshire, to Elsrickle, and then in 1945 he moved to Glasgow. Alexander Gillon Macalpine died in Glasgow, 8 September 1957.
The material constituting the Macalpine Malawi missionary papers and linguistic studies, was presented in 1964 and 1993 by Macalpine's son, the Rev. Alexander Gillon Macalpine, jr., and by Dr. H. Bruce Auld his grandson. A further small tranche of material was added in 2010.
5 boxes (1 m); Photographs.
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