James Gilmour Scotland China Mongolia

Biography of James Gilmour

James Gilmour
James Gilmour

James Gilmour graduated MA from the University in 1867, and became a missionary to China and Mongolia.

Born at Cathkin, in 1843, Gimour received his Masters degree in 1867, before entering missionary service with the London Missionary Society. He received further training at Cheshunt Congregational Theological College, Cambridge and at the society's missionary seminary at Highgate, as well as Chinese courses in London. Gilmour was ordained in 1870 in the Augustine Chapel, Edinburgh, before commencing missionary service in China and Mongolia.

During a brief return to London in 1882-83, Gilmour published Among the Mongols.

He was made chairman of the North China District Committee of the London Missionary Society in 1891 at Tianjin. However, he died from typhus fever that year.


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, 1898, p.222


James Gilmour
Born 12 June 1843.
Died 21 May 1891.
GU Degrees: MA, 1867; Arts,
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: missionaries
English snippet: Arts graduate from the University of Glasgow, missionary to Mongolia
Record last updated: 7th Jul 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Cathkin
Place of Birth

China China, Tianjin
Place of Death

Mongolia Mongolia, No Region

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