C19th CMS Missionary Work in Uganda

Martin J. Hall [1864-1900], Through My Spectacles in Uganda; Or, The Story of a Fruitful FieldThis is a heavily illustrated history of Nineteenth Century Missionary work in Uganda undertaken by the Church Missionary Society. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy to scan. This book is in the Public Domain.

Martin J. Hall [1864-1900], Through My Spectacles in Uganda; Or, The Story of a Fruitful Field. London: Church Missionary Society, 1898. Hbk. pp.104. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


  1. Some Very Modern History – A Chat on Deck
  2. Some More History Lessons – A Chat on Deck
  3. At the Coast
  4. On the March
  5. Kavirondo and Busoga
  6. Kyagwe
  7. Mengo
  8. The Sese and Other Islands
  9. Singo, Bulemezi, Toro, and Koki
  10. Church Scenes
  11. Odds and Ends
  12. “How Readest Thou?”



This little book, written at the request of the. Staff of the Editorial Department of the Church Missionary Society, is the fruit of the observations of less than two years spent in Buganda, with a necessarily elementary acquaintance with the language and customs of the people. It has been written ‘in the spare and odd moments of a busy life, and for these reasons is sure to be incomplete. Nevertheless, through the .kind .corrections and revision of Mr. G. L. Pilkington, for which I am most grateful, this work may be regarded as being accurate so far as it goes, for no European is more thoroughly acquainted than Mr. Pilkington with the language, history, and customs of the Baganda.

As this book is likely to be read aloud at children’s working parties, .&c., I add a few remarks on the names and their pronunciation. Muganda. (pronounced “moo”) is a single inhabitant of Buganda, which is the .correct name of the country. Ba-ganda are a number of inhabitants of Buganda-as we describe a number of inhabitants of England as “Englishmen.” “Uganda” is a term unrecognized in the country, and does not therefore occur in this book. Luganda is the language spoken in Buganda. All vowels are sounded in ‘Luganda words occurring in this book. Thanks are due to Mr. Leakey, of the C.M.S. Buganda Mission, for the use of many of his photographs, and to Mr. E. Clegg for his reproductions of the Author’s rough sketches. [Continue reading]


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