David Livingstone's Birthplace, Blantyre

David Livingstone's Birthplace, Blantyre, Scotland

This afternoon, I visited the David Livingstone Visitor Centre  and Birthplace at Blantyre near Glasgow.

Livingstone was a remarkable man. Born in 1813 and brought up in a tiny, one room apartment with eight other family members. Main source of employment was the nearby Textile Mill on the bank of the River Clyde where Livingstone himself commenced work at the tender age of ten years. However, he was extremely determined and went on to qualify as a doctor and then spent most of  his adult life as a missionary and explorer in Africa eventually dying in what is now Tanzania in 1873. Livingstone’s heart is buried at Chitambo Village whilst his other remains were returned to Britain and interred in Westminster Abbey, London in 1874.

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