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  Mary Slessor on a Scottish banknote

Stainless steel plaque Stainless steel plaque


Building with plaques

Two plaques for Mary Slessor


A Mary Slessor (1848-1925)

Plaque situated in Cowgate.

Mary Slessor, born in Aberdeen on 2nd December 1848, moved to Dundee when she was eleven years old, where she worked in the Baxter Brothers Jute Mill.

She decided to become a missionary and in 1876, at the age of twenty-eight, sailed for Africa where she lived among the Efik people of the Calabar region of Nigeria.

More information about Mary Slessor can be found in the Dundee Women’s Trail book and within the Dundee and the World section of the McManus Gallery.

What's here

The stainless steel plaque reads:

Born 1848, Died 1915

"Mother of all the peoples"
A missionary and magistrate
who lived in the Cowgate
and worked among the poor
of Dundee from this building,
the Wishart Church.

In 1876 she joined the Christian
mission in the Calabar region
of Southern Nigeria.
She laboured to spread
her faith and to help others.

"Love suffereth long and is kind"

Where next?

This is not part of the trail but you might like to read about and visit the Verdant Works:
Walking route to Verdant Works

About Dundee Global Trail

Dundee’s Global Trail will take you on intriguing historic Voyage of Discovery highlighting the extraordinary locations which make connections between Dundee and the rest of the world.

While you explore the inner city of modern day Dundee this unusual walking Trail will make the hour you spend a time of interesting discoveries in the City of Discovery.

Read about the trail from the beginning