Alexander Duff Pioneer of Missionary Education

William Paton [1886-1943], Alexander Duff. Pioneer of Missionary EducationWilliam Paton’s 1928 biography of Alexander Duff focuses on his work as a missionary educationalist in India. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This book is in the public domain.

William Paton [1886-1943], Alexander Duff. Pioneer of Missionary Education. London: Student Christian Movement, 1923. Hbk. pp.240. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Author’s Preface
  1. Introductory
  2. Boyhood
  3. St. Andrews Under Chalmers: The Missionary Movement
  4. India – The Choice of a Method
  5. How the Method Worked
  6. A New Educational Policy for India
  7. Back in Scotland
  8. A Growing Work
  9. The Disruption of the Scottish Church
  10. A Diversity of Labours
  11. Scotland, America, and Indian Reform
  12. The Mutiny – Farewell to India
  13. Last Years
  14. The Christian Educationalist
  15. The Man Himself
  • Index

Author’s Preface

Some apology is needed for the appearance of a new sketch of the life of Alexander Duff, especially as the present writer cannot lay claim to any special sources of information which were not available when the earlier biographies were written. The reader will not find in this book fresh light on Duff, except in so far as the course of events in itself proves a man’s work and makes clear its strength and weakness. It is, however, precisely for this reason that such a new attempt to estimate this famous missionary’s life and personality may be considered not untimely. To those who are interested in Indian affairs it is a familiar fact that the whole system of education is in the melting-pot, and this is at least as true of Christian education as of the wider national system. [Continue reading]

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