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Uganda Mission history

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 164

Scope and Contents

The history of the Uganda Mission of the Church Missionary Society from its inception in 1876 to the Jubilee Year in 1927 (266 loose pages). There is much in his history concerning the exploits of Bruce, Speke, Baker, Grant, Stanley and other missionaries and explorers. Accompanying this material are fifteen xerox pages of notes and a list of names compiled by G.K. Baskerville, reconstructing the early Church Missionary Society baptismal records which were lost at Natete in 1888. It was sent to H.B. Thomas in March 1968 by Miss Louise Pirouet.


  • Creation: 1876 - 1927


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Biographical / Historical

Baskerville was educated at Marlborough College, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His career can be summarised as follows:

CMS Missionary, Uganda, 1890; Deacon, 1890; Priest, 1891; Superintending Missionary in Kyagwe, Uganda, 1893-1912; Archdeacon of Uganda, 1912; Secretary of Board of Missions, Diocese of Uganda, 1913; Examining Chaplain to Bishop of Uganda, 1913; Sub-Dean and Chancellor of the Cathedral, 1917, and Canon ex-officio of the Cathedral Church, 1917; Chaplain Victoria Nyanza Lodge of Freemasons; Hon. Canon for life of Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, Uganda, 1922, Commissary to Bishop of Uganda, 1922-34; Assistant Chaplain St Paul’s, Hyères, 1921-22; Assistant Chaplain (Hon.) of Holy Trinity, Cannes, 1922-25; Chaplain at Tamaris for Toulon and neighbourhood, 1925-30.


1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Former / Other Reference

MSS 45 V

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 104.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received as a bequest under the will of H.B. Thomas in 1971.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm: Reel 7.


The material has been microfilmed, and is listed in: 'Africa through western eyes, parts 1 & 2: original manuscripts from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library - a listing and guide to the microfilm collection' (2000), Adam Matthew Publications Ltd.


This collection level description was created by WS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue and 'Africa through western eyes.'


Baskerville, George Knyfton, 1867-1941, Archdeacon of Uganda, missionary

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