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Account of the Savoy Mission by Alexander Donaldson

Identifier: Acc.13191

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Copy of account of the Savoy mission, 1884, by Alexander Donaldson, together with a transcription of an autobiography of Donaldson, 1892, and other accounts of his life and work, including copies of obituaries for him, 1902.

Born in Fordyce in 1838, Alexander Donaldson spent the first part of his life helping his parents run the family farm. Donaldson gave up the lease on the farm after the death of his parents, and in 1879-80 went to Aberdeen to study French. Donaldson was an active member of the Free Church of Scotland, and in 1880 joined the McAll Mission in Paris. From there, he undertook preaching tours in the valleys of Savoy, an account of which is included in these papers. After 10 years in France, he returned to Scotland, at first as a French teacher at Heriot-Watt College, and then working with the Edinburgh City Mission. He died in 1902, after a lengthy illness.


  • Creation: 1884-1902.

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