CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3289
TitleReverend Alexander Caseby: missionary: papers
Date1920s - 1990s
Extent1 archive box: 0.33 linear metres
Creator NameReverend Alexander Caseby (1898 - 1991), missionary.
Administrative HistoryAlexander Caseby was inspired to become a missionary at the age of 11, by Rev. Thomas Crichton, minister of Logie and Gauldry, whom he heard speak passionately of Robert Laws' Livingstonia Mission in 1909. He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in 1915, but after the war resumed his education, studying courses in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and Bible studies, before he was ordained, in 1922, as a minister of the United Free Church of Scotland, and shortly afterwards accepted by Laws to work at Livingstonia Mission in Malawi. In 1929 he suffered from malarial fever, which rendered him seriously ill for several years, with recurrent illness throughout the rest of his life. Despite his illness, he returned to work after 3 years, resuming his career in a busy parish in Scotland where he remained until retirement.
Custodial HistoryThe records were acquired by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, under the directorship of Professor Andrew Walls, Department of Divinity, University of Aberdeen. They were transferred to Special Libraries and Archives when the Centre moved to Edinburgh c 1987, together with evidence heard at the World Missionary Conference, Edinburgh, 1910 (MS 3291), and the papers of Robert Laws, missionary (MS 3290).
SourceDeposited in the University in Oct 1987, by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Aberdeen (later, New College, Edinburgh). Further papers gifted by the family of Rev. Caseby in 2003/2004.
DescriptionAlexander Caseby's memoirs, written at the age of 76, recalling his childhood and early calling as a missionary, and describing in detail, the work of the Livingstonia Mission, Malawi, 1908 - 1929. Drafts of articles based on experiences at Livingstonia, and talks by his daughter, Margaret Hansford, based on his papers and those of Robert and Amelia Laws (see MS 3290).
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialPapers of Robert Laws, of Livingstonia (1851 - 1934) and Amelia Laws (MS 3290)

The diaries of Rev. Caseby relevant to Livingstonia have been deposited in Malawi.
Related RecordMS 3290
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