James Gilmour and His Boys

James Gilmour and His Boys

The “Boys” of the title are James Gilmour’s two sons, James and Willie. They had been sent back from China to England to school after the death of their Mother. This book is a selection of James Gilmour letters to them.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], James Gilmour and His Boys. London: Religious Tract Society, 1894. Hbk. pp.288. [Click to visit the download page]


  1. Introduction
  2. The Boyhood and Youth of James Gilmour
  3. Adventures in Central Mongolia
  4. Life And Work in Eastern Mongolia
  5. Second Visit to England, and Closing Years
  6. Last Days
  7. Pen-Pictures For Children, By Mr. Gilmour


This volume is very different from all its forerunners in the New Year Gift Book Series; but I think the readers of it will find that it can well hold its own both in interest and in helpfulness with any of them. Some of those were biographies of great missionaries; some were descriptions of heathen children to whom your gifts were bringing the light and joy of the gospel; some were accounts of thrilling adventures and hard work done for Jesus Christ in North America, in New Guinea, in China, in India, in Mongolia, and in other distant parts of the earth.

The book is partly a biography, partly a series of adventures, partly a story of work done for Jesus Christ and of very hard trials bravely endured for Him and from love to sinful men…


Your will find more material about James Gilmour here.

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  1. sweetinthebitter – I'm a mom, missionary, and nurse living in Kiev, Ukraine with my husband and kids. I love God, helping people, tea, color, and cats. The university that I’ve gotten most of my credits at has been nicknamed ‘The School of Suffering’. I’ve taken courses like ‘marriage’, ‘parenting’, ‘living in another culture’, ‘losses’, ‘depression’, and ‘adoption’. A rigorous school academically but I highly recommend it for it’s rich teaching. I’m nowhere near to getting my degree but, really, education is a life long process, right?
    Jonathan Eide says:

    Stumbled on your blog – great work! I’m starting a missiology podcast called “Thinking Missiology”, and I’d love to interview you about a few of these articles (and Missions history in general). I’ll leave my email, and if this seems even remotely interesting to you, let me know and I’ll share more of the idea.

    In any case, thank you for this great recourse!

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