Livingstone, David (1813-73), famous missionary and African traveller, was born at Blantyre, Lanarkshire, and worked there in a mill till, having learnt Latin and attended Greek and medical classes, he became a licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 1840, under the auspices of the London Missionary
Society, he went to South Africa, and there joined Robert Moffat, his future father-in-law. His first post was in the Bechuana territory. He then travelled and discovered the valley of Zouga and Lake Ngami, visiting Linyanti and the river Zambesi. Then followed various minor explorations till 1865, when he started to try and find the source of the Nile, discovering Lakes Bangweolo and Moero and the Upper Congo. For three years no news came, and then it was told that H. M. Stanley had met and helped him at Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika. He died at Bangweolo on May 1, and was carried to the coast, preserved in salt, by bis followers. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.