Picture of mary Slessor
Mary Slessor was born on 2nd of December 1848 in Gilcomston, Aberdeen, Scotland to the family of Mr Robert and Mary Slessor. She was the second born of her parents though they were seven in size. Initially They base in Buchan and his father was into shoemakin business but around 1859 they moved to Dundee in search of work. Robert Slessor was on alcohol and he was unable to keep up his shoemaking business then worked as a labourer in a mill, Her mother was a skilled weaver and went to work in the mills. At the age of eleven, Mary began work as a “half-timer” in the Baxter Brothers’ Mill, meaning she spent half of her day at a school provided by the mill owners and the other half working for the company.
The Slessors lived in the slums of Dundee. Mary’s father and both brothers died of pneumonia, leaving behind only Mary, her mother, and two sisters when she was fourteen years old she has become a skilled jute worker, working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with just an hour for breakfast and lunch.
Her mother was a devout Presbyterian who read each issue of the Missionary Record, a monthly magazine published by the United Presbyterian Church (later the United Free Church of Scotland) to inform members of missionary activities and needs. She developed an interest in religion and when a mission was instituted in Quarry Pend (close by the Wishart Church), she wanted to teach when sh was at her late 20’s when she heard that David Livingstone the famous missionary and explorer, had died and decided she wanted to follow in his footsteps
picture of mary Slessor
She was one of the most respected woman missionary in Nigeria because she stop the killing of twins she died on 13th of January 1915 at the age 66
and she was honored with many things but few are listed below
1. A high school named in honour of Slessor in Arochukwu
2. Mary Slessor Road in Calabar.
3. Mary Slessor Roundandgo.
4. Mary Slessor Church.
Statues of her (usually carrying twins) at various locations in Calabar.
6. A female hostel in the University of Nigeria Nsukka is named Mary Slessor Hall in her honour.
7. A girl’s house, “Slessor House”, was named after her in Achimota School, Ghana.
7. In Scotland, a bust of Slessor is now in the Hall of Heroes of the National Wallace Monument in Stirling. In Aberdeen a memorial stands in the city’s Union Terrace Gardens and in Dundee, a new city centre park is named ‘Slessor Gardens’ in her honour.
8. Slessor was honoured on a 1997 bank note by Clydesdale Bank for the World Heritage Series and Famous Scots Series. She was featured on the back of the bank’s £10 note, highlighting her work in Calabar. The note also features a map of Calabar, a lithographic vignette depicting her work with children, and a sailing ship emblem
9. Main-belt asteroid 4793 Slessor (1988 RR4) named to mark her centenary celebrations on 13 January 2015