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Three Closed Lands: China, Bhutan and Nepal

John Anderson Graham [1861-1942], On the Threshold of Three Closed Lands. The Guild Outpost in the Western Himalayas
The “Three Closed Lands” are China, Bhutan & Nepal
This is an account of the Eastern Himalayan Mission of the Church of Scotland written in 1897. It was located near the borders of three countries which foreign missionaries were not allowed to enter – China, Bhutan and Nepal. Its 178 pages contain no less than 132 illustrations!

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy to digitise. This title is in the public domain.

John Anderson Graham [1861-1942], On the Threshold of Three Closed Lands. The Guild Outpost in the Western Himalayas, 2nd edn. Edinburgh: R & R Clark, Ltd. / London: A & C Black, 1897. Pbk. pp.178. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface to Second Edition
  • Introduction
  1. The Way Thither
  2. From the Church Tower
  3. The Village
  4. God’s Acre
  5. The Memorial Church
  6. The Ministry of Healing
  7. Teaching
  8. The Hill Crofters
  9. Among the Tea Gardens
  10. A Himalayan Parish
  11. The Care of the Churches
  12. Handing the Torch
  13. Holding the Ropes
  14. The St. Andrew’s Colonial Homes


This brightly written account of one of the most interesting and prosperous Missions in India needs no introduction for the benefit of those for whom it is principally intended-the members of the Congregations, Associations, Branches, and Guilds scattered through-out the country, who are already acquainted with the work, who perhaps already support it with their contributions, or have helped to send out some of the workers, and whose warmer interest and more active assistance will be called out by a perusal of this vivid narrative.  [Continue reading]


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