James Gilmour of Mongolia


James Gilmour of Mongolia by Richard LovettRichard Lovett’s biography of James Gilmour [1843-1891], missionary to Mongolia is now available on-line as a pdf. Note that there are several errors in the pagination of this book, giving the (incorrect) impression that there are pages missing. The text is complete as originally published.

Richard Lovett [1851-1904], James Gilmour of Mongolia. London: Religious Tract Society, n.d. pp.312. Click to download.


I. Early Years and Education
II. Beginning Work
III. Mongolian Apprenticeship
IV. The First Campaign in Mongolia
V. Marriage
VI. ‘In Journeyings Often, In Perils of Rivers’
VII. The Visit to England In I882
VIII. Sunshine and Shadow
IX. A Change of Field
X. Personal Characteristics as Illustrated by Letters to Relatives and Friends
XI. Closing Labours
XII. The Last Days


This book in its more expensive forms has been before the public for several years. It has been very widely read, and it has received extraordinary attention from many sections of the press. The author has received from all parts of the world most striking testimonies as to the way in which this record of James Gilmour’s heroic self-sacrifice for the Lord Jesus and on behalf of his beloved Mongols ·for the Master’s sake has touched the hearts of Christian workers. It has deepened their faith, strengthened their zeal, nerved them for whole-hearted consecration to the same Master, and cheered many a solitary and lonely heart.

Many requests have been received for an edition at a price which will place the book within the reach of Sunday School teachers, of those Christian workers who have but little to spend upon books, and of the elder scholars in our schools. The Committee of the Religious Tract Society have gladly met this request at the earliest possible moment. In this new form their hope and prayer is that James Gilmour, being dead, may yet speak to many hearts, arousing them to diligent, and faithful, and self-denying service for Jesus Christ

James Gilmour died in 1891, and some years later the London Missionary Society handed over the Mission to the Irish Presbyterian Church. In February 1907, sixteen years after Gilmour’s death, a remarkable testimony to the consistent life, effective preaching, and influence of this beloved missionary reached England in the shape of a communication from Liu Yi, one of his early converts, in which he speaks of the great debt which he feels he owes to the faithful ministry of James Gilmour. ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.’

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