Findlay, William Hare

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Brief diary and journal of visit by WHF, as an MMS Secretary, to the Lagos district of Nigeria, Oct 1900 to Jan 1901.
  • More detailed account of the above.
  • Informal journal of Secretarial Visit by WHF to Gambia and Sierra Leone, Nov 1901 to Feb 1902.
  • Official account of Secretarial Visit by WHF to Gambia and Sierra Leone, Nov 1901 to Feb 1902.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Hare Findlay (WHF) was born at Malton in Yorkshire in May 1857. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove and New College, Eastbourne and at Merton College, Oxford. In 1879 he was accepted as a candidate for the Methodist Ministry. Following a year at Richmond College he was appointed to the Madras District of India as an educational missionary. He married Alice Hellier in 1884. He served as Principal of the Negapatam High School for twenty years and founded what was later known as Findlay College, Mannargudi. In 1900 he was appointed one of the Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society and attended the World Missionary Conference at Edinburgh in 1910. In 1915 he returned to India where he had been appointed Director of a Survey of Missions for the National Christian Council of India. He died in 1919 before this work was completed.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted but only to be viewed on microfiche. .

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society in 1978.

Other Finding Aids

A Handlist to the Biographical Series of the MMS Archive is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room in SOAS Library.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without prior permission in writing. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: WMMS/MMS), including letters and reports from individual missionaries.

Printed reports of Secretarial visits by WHF to Gambia and Sierra Leone in 1901-02 and to India and Ceylon in 1904-05 are kept in the MMS Library.

Correspondence about WHF and his work on the Missionary Survey of India is located in the Joint IMC/CBMS (India) Archive available at SOAS on microfiche.

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