David Livingstone Trust

Time Line

1813

Born: Shuttle Row, Blantyre.

1823

Began work as a piecer in the Blantyre Cotton Works

1836

Started medical training at Anderson’s Institute

1837

Applied to the London Missionary Society (LMS) to become a missionary

1840

Left for Africa

1841-52

Arrived in Africa; Travels to Kuruman; Settled with the Bakwain- learns their language (Setswana); Attacked by a lion (1844 ); Married Mary Moffat (1845).

1853-56

The Trans-Africa expedition: first European to cross from one coast to the other, a journey of 4000+ miles.

1856-58

Time in the UK. Published Missionary Travels and became a celebrity, lecture tours, ha tea with the Queen, mobbed in London.

1858-64

The Zambezi Expedition. The only time Livingstone leads an expedition of Europeans – relationships quickly become strained, in part because of the difficulty of their circumstances- they were stuck in a malarial region for much of the time & in part because the others couldn’t keep up with Livingstone’s “work ethic”.

1863-64

Expedition is recalled so Livingstone returned home. He spends much of the time planning and fund raising for his 3rd and final expedition, and writing his memoirs.

1866-73

Nile Expedition.

1873-74

Died at Chitambo in modern-day Zambia, Buried Westminster Abbey.