David Livingstone

David Livingstone is shown as a missionary wearing a cloak and haversack, having cast off a lion skin. He is holding a walking stick and Bible, with a pistol and compass at his waist.

Livingstone-statue-(1).jpgDavid Livingstone was born in 1813 in Blantyre, Lanarkshire to working class parents, and worked in a cotton factory. At the age of 20 he became a Christian and in 1840, after two years study in London he was ordained as a missionary. He was sent to South Africa on missionary work and became a noted African explorer, journeying to Lake Ngami, the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls.

Upon his return in 1856 he was awarded the Gold medal of the Royal Geographic Society for his discoveries. He returned to Africa in 1858 and discovered Lake Nyasa. He died in 1873 while searching for the source of the Nile, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Sculpted by Amelia Paton Hill, (1820 - 1904) one of the few women sculptors in 19th century Edinburgh, who also did three character statues on the nearby Scott Monument. The statue was cast by R. Masefield and Co. brassfounders of London.

She was a gifted artist, but has been overshadowed by her more famous artist brothers, Sir Noel Paton and Hugh Waller Paton, and her husband - pioneering photographer David Octavius Hill



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