The Nineteenth Century Awakening

Edinburgh City Mission

A history from 1832 - 2010 By Paul James-Griffiths On the 1st March 1832, eight gentlemen met together in the shop of Messrs Young and Miller, 375 High Street, to confer with David Nasmyth in regard to the formation of a City Mission in Edinburgh. Annual Report, 1895,...

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A Diary of the Last Days of Sir James Young Simpson

by Robert Russell Simpson transcribed by RR Simpson December 2008 Preface This is a transcription of a diary written by Robert Russell Simpson concerning the last weeks of the life of Sir James Young Simpson. JYS was the uncle of RRS. On the next page is a list of the...

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Sir William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

This great scientist was born in Belfast of Scottish parents and was a professor at Glasgow University for fifty-four years. He was also the president of the Royal Society in Edinburgh. His contribution to science included developing the Kelvin temperature scale that...

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Sir David Brewster (1781-1868)

Sir David Brewster, permission from the Free Church, © Hollie McIntosh David Brewster was born in Jedburgh, Scotland, and at the age of 12 went to Edinburgh University. In 1813 he submitted a paper to the Royal Society on scientific instruments and on the evidence of...

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Professor Thomas Young (1773-1829)

Thomas Young was a genius. At the age of two he had learnt to read and by the age of four had read through the Bible twice; by the age of six he was a scholar in Latin. He seemed to absorb information like a dry sponge and became a private tutor in the classics by the...

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James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

Statue of James Clerk Maxwell, George St, Edinburgh, © Hollie McIntosh In 2010 James Clerk Maxwell was voted as Scotland’s greatest scientist, which was an amazing accolade in this nation that has produced many brilliant scientists. Maxwell was born in Edinburgh and...

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The Christian Medical Missionary Movement

In the 19th century there were at least three waves of Christian revival in Edinburgh and Scotland, which transformed our culture. Out of this movement Christians came to study or teach medicine at Edinburgh University and they then combined their faith and skill as...

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Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870)

Sir James Young Simpson © Lothian Health Services Archives, SCAHMS Queen Victoria’s favourite doctor was Sir James Young Simpson. Although another Christian, Dr James Millar, first used chloroform on a patient during a medical operation, Simpson used chloroform on the...

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Lord Joseph Lister (1827-1912)

Lord Joseph Lister © Lothian Health Services Archives, SCAHMS This man was a giant amongst medical scientists. Lord Lister pioneered the use of antisepsis and hugely advanced surgical methods, inventing many surgical instruments. He was a dedicated Christian who once...

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