Waller, Horace 1833-1896

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Biographical History

Horace Waller (1833-1896) was a clergyman, writer, and antislavery activist, and was known for his work in Africa. He was born in London and first traveled to Africa as Lay Superintendent of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa under the first Bishop of Central Africa, Charles Frederick Mackenzie. The group arrived in Zambezi in 1861 and traveled to the Nyasa highlands, where they established a mission. During his time in Africa, he worked with noted figures of the time such as Sir John Kirk and David Livingstone, and became an anti-slavery activist. He is known to have collected botanical and entomological specimens. Waller left the mission after a disagreement with Mackenzie's successor about the liberated slaves who were under care of the Mission. After returning to England in 1864, he became a minister, first serving at St. John's Chatham, and later as rector of the Twywell parish (1874-1895) where he remained for twenty-two years. During his lifetime he wrote several books covering numerous subjects relating to Africa. He is also known for his work editing the journals of David Livingstone. Waller retired to Hampshire shortly before he passed away in East Liss on February 22, 1896.


  • (1896) "Obituary: The Rev. Horace Waller." The Geographical Journal. 7 (5) 558-559. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1774002
  • Horace Aller Papers (1858-1896), Record Group No. 72. Yale University Divinity School Library. Retrieved on December 2, 2014 from http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.072

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