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Bishop James Hannington collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3045N

Scope and Contents

Collection of loose prints, most measuring approximately 40 x 55 mm., with annotations and identifications on the reverse by H.B. Thomas. The collection consists of a portrait of Hannington (1884) and seven small snapshots showing the unveiling of the Hannington Memorial near Jinja in 1939. Y3045N/1 is by Lombardi and Co.

James Hannington (1847-1885) first went out to Africa as a leader of a mission party in 1882 but was invalided home to England the following year. In 1884 he was consecrated first Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa and in 1885 again set out for Uganda. He attempted to reach the country by the Masai route and after some difficulties reached Busaga. By this time however Mutesa had been replaced by Mwanga as Kabaka of Buganda and Hannington and most of his porters were murdered on the King’s orders by Luba near his stockade outside Jinja.


  • Creation: 1884 - 1939

Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


8 item(s) (8 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to The Royal Commonwealth Society by T.H.R. Cashmore in 1972.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 72.

Related Materials

See also Y3045D/10 for an image of Luba, where Hannington and his men were killed, taken in about 1901.


The story of Hannington’s last days and a map showing the site of the memorial can be found in Thomas, HB ‘The last days of Bishop Hannington’, Uganda journal, Vol. VIII, pp. 19-27.


This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Thomas, H B

Includes index.
2006-09-19 10:18:27+00:00
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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