David Livingstone Birthplace
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David’s life wasn’t always easy. He encountered many difficulties when he was travelling through Africa: illness, lack of food and water, loss of supplies, lion attacks! He was also deeply affected by witnessing the horrors of the East African Slave trade first hand, which is 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 on his mission.

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.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland