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George Leslie Mackay

1844-1901. Scots-Canadian Presbyterian missionary. Born in Zerra, Canada, he was educated at the universities of Toronto and Edinburgh and Princeton Theological Seminary, and ordained in 1871. He spent the rest of his life in missionary service in Formosa, an island then scarcely touched by Protestant missionary societies. He made converts among both the Chinese and the aboriginal inhabitants, built up a strong church, and trained indigenous leaders. He compiled a Chinese Romanized dictionary of the Formosan vernacular and wrote an important account of his work, From Far Formosa (1896). In 1894 he became moderator of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He died on the mission field.