William Cooper Thomson Guinea Scotland Sierra Leone

Biography of William Cooper Thomson

William Cooper Thomson graduated MA from the University in 1824. Having been a student of Hebrew at the University, Thomson became a linguist to the Church Missionary Society at Sierra Leone, where he studied the native languages and assisted in the translation of the Scriptures for the use of the missionaries.

Thomson died at Fouta Djallon, Guinea on 26 November 1843 while on an expedition to that region. His son, also William Cooper Thomson, enrolled at the University in 1855.


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Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, A Roll of the Graduates of the University of Glasgow from 31st December, 1727 to 31st Decmeber, 1897, with short biographical notes, Glasgow : J. MacLehose & Sons


William Cooper Thomson
Died 26 November 1843.
GU Degree: MA, 1824; Arts,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: linguists; missionaries
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1824
Record last updated: 4th Dec 2013

Country Associations

Guinea Guinea, Fouta Djallon
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland

Sierra Leone Sierra Leone, No Region

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