Early Medical Missionaries to China and Mongolia

Looking to further our research on our Chinese connections, and after having received some recent visits to the archives by interested researchers on the topic, I am currently refreshing some of old student records as well as uploading some new.

Among our earliest alumni connections with China were those students who joined the London Missionary Society upon graduation. The London Missionary Society had set up a mission in China in 1807. John Dudgeon, MBCM 1862, served as a medical missionary of the London Missionary Society at Peking, modern-day Beijing, from 1863. He was both a medical scholar and a Chinese scholar, publishing articles in English and Chinese on subjects from medicine to photography. He introduced practices and ideas from both the East and the West in to his works, and has been labeled as the most famous doctor in Beijing at that time.

James Gilmour (Wikicommons)

James Gilmour, MA 1867, also joined the London Missionary Society upon his ordination in Edinburgh in 1870. He journeyed through China and Mongolia, publishing Among the Mongols in 1883.

And then there is Thomas Cochrane, MBCM 1896, who was among the founders of the first school to teach Western Medicine to Chinese trainee doctors, the Peking Union Medical College.

There are many more stories about our connections with China to tell.  We estimate that between 1880-1965, over 242  students born in China came to Glasgow to study.  So if you would like to be among the International Story Editors to uncover such stories, be them Chinese students or International Scots in China, the project team would be very happy to hear from you or apply through the University of Glasgow’s Club21 programme.


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