Monday, September 22, 2014

Gillespie, William

Updated September 23, 2014

The Rev. William Gillespie, Presbyterian Minister, was listed as a resident of Hong Kong from July 1844 to 1847. He carried on missionary work for the London Missionary Society. He had made no less than two attempts to begin mission work in Canton, first in 1845, at which time he was driven out by the hostile populace. His second attempt was made in October 1847, although successful, he soon returned to Hong Kong and from thence to Britain.

Gillespie was born in 1819. He was a member of the Presbyterian United Secession Church and was recruited by the London Missionary Society to mission in China. He went to China the last time in 1849 after having married the previous year. He work in Canton alone for about a year and returned to Scotland to become the pastor of United Presbyterian churches in Shiels, Aberdeenshire.

Publications: The Land of Sinim: or China and Chinese Missions, Edinburgh: Myles Macphail, 1854.

Selected Bibliography: Standaert, Nicolas (Ed.), Handbook of Christianity in China, Vo. 2, Leiden (The Netherlands); Koninkijke Brill NV, 2010, p.153. Tarrent, William, The Hong Kong Almanack and Directory for the Year 1846, 1848, 1850, Hong Kong: China Mail, resp. 1846, 1848 and 1850.


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