Authorised form of nameLivingstone; David (1813 - 1873)
Dates1813 - 1873
Dates and placesBirth:
Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland (19 March 1813)
Old Chitambo, shore of Lake Tanganyika (01 May 1873)
Westminster Abbey, London
Worked as a piecer in a cotton factory (from age 10); became a cotton spinner (aged 19); missionary for the London Missionary Society (1838); ordained as a missionary (1840); went to Africa, through which he travelled extensively; undertook and expedition to Lake Ngami (1849); returned to England (1856); Her Britannic Majesty's Consul at Quilimane and returned to Africa (1858); travelled along the Zambezi river; returned to Britain (1864); undertook further African exploration at the suggestion of Sir Roderick Murchison (1865)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Neil Livingstone and Agnes, daughter of David Hunter, tailor; married (1844) Mary, daughter of Dr Moffat (she died 1862)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
Royal Society codeNA7817
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1858/10Livingstone, David: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/14/20Extract from a despatch from Kongone by David Livingstone5 October 1858
MS/743/1/18Letter from Thomas Graham to John Hall Gladstone18 December 1856
MM/14/17'Suggestions as to the appointment of a Botanist to Dr Livingstone's Expedition; with Instructions', by J D Hooker13 January 1858
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