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Alexander Murdoch Mackay

1849-1890. Missionary to Uganda. Born in Aberdeenshire, he studied at the Free Church training college for teachers, and in 1873 went to Berlin to acquire qualifications with an engineering firm. In 1875, having read H.M. Stanley's book on [[David Livingstone]],* he changed his original intention about working in Madagascar and applied to the Church Missionary Society for work in Uganda. He arrived in [[East Africa]]* and began work on making a road through to Lake Victoria Nyanza, 230 miles inland. It took two years. He arrived on the lake shortly after the murder of two CMS colleagues, and after all others had left because of ill-health. The boat, intended for the lake and brought up in sections, had suffered severe damage, but Mackay's engineering knowledge and resourcefulness resulted in its completion and made an enormous impression. While work was going on, Mackay resolved to visit Lkonge, whose warriors had murdered his colleagues, and he succeeded in reaching an agreement with