Lion and Club

Happy Land

David’s life wasn’t always easy. Among the many difficulties he encountered, as he travelled through Africa, were: illness, lack of food, and water, loss of supplies and lion attacks.

He was also deeply affected by witnessing the horrors of the east African slave trade, something he wrote about in his journals.

Throughout his life, David found solace in his Christian faith. When he felt lonely, sad or angry he had a favourite hymn (a Christian song) that helped to motivate him.

What do you think these lyrics mean? How would they have helped or inspired David?


We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

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Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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