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William Milne

1785-1822. Missionary to China. Born near Aberdeen, he went from Scotland to study at the London Missionary Society's college, where he was ordained in 1812. In the following year he joined Robert Morrison* in Macao, but having been ordered out, he distributed literature in Canton and the East Indies and then made his base in Malacca where he assisted Morrison in the translation and printing of the Chinese Bible. In 1815 he cut the first fonts of Chinese type made by a European, and wrote Christian pamphlets. He ordained his convert Liang A-fah,* and became principal of the Anglo-Chinese College in Malacca founded by Morrison in 1818. Milne died four years later. His son later served in China.