John Smith Moffat (1835 - 1918)

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Birthplace: Kuruman, South Africa
Death: Died in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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John Smith Moffat was born at Kuruman, South Africa in 1835. He was educated in England and joined the London Missionary Society in 1858. His father settled him at Inyati in 1859, where he lived for 6 years. He resigned the Society some years later and joined the Imperial Government Service. He was stationed at Zeerust during the British occupation of the Transvaal, and in Basutoland. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Bechuanaland in 1884. In 1887 he paid his first official visit to Matabeleland where he was instrumental in persuading Lobengula to sign the Moffat Treaty in 1888.

The Treaty resulted in Lobengula's territory coming under British influence. Moffat was at Bulawayo between 1887 and 1892, and acted as representative of the Chartered Company. He was decorated with the C.M.G. for services to Matabeleland in 1890. In 1895 British Bechuanaland was transferred to the Cape Government, and Moffat retired. In 1914 he preached at the commemoration service of his father's landing in Africa 100 years before. He died in 1918 at his home at Mowbray, Cape Province aged 83.

-------------------- John Smith Moffatt was born at Kuruman, South Africa in 1835. He was educated in England and joined the London Missionary Society in 1858. His father settled him at Inyati in 1859, where he lived for 6 years. He resigned the Society some years later and joined the Imperial Government Service. He was stationed at Zeerust during the British occupation of the Transvaal, and in Basutoland. He was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Bechuanaland in 1884. In 1887 he paid his first official visit to Matabeleland where he was instrumental in persuading Lovengula to sign the Moffatt Treaty in 1888.

The Treaty resulted in Lobengula's territory coming under British influence. Moffat was at Bulawayo between 1887 and 1892, and acted as representative of the Chartered Company. He was decorated with the C.M.G. for services to Matabeleland in 1890. In 1895 British bechuanaland was transferred to the Cape Government, and Moffatt retired. He died in 1918. at his home at Mowbray, Cape Province aged 83. In 1914 he preached at the commemoration service of his father's landing in Africa 100 years before.

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1835
March 10, 1835
South Africa
1858
February 15, 1858
Age 22
Brighton, Sussex, England
December 18, 1858
Age 23
Beaufort West, WC, South Africa
1860
August, 1860
Age 25
Inyati, Matabeleland, Southern Rhodesia
1862
February 2, 1862
Age 26
Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
1863
February 10, 1863
Age 27
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa
1864
November 11, 1864
Age 29
Inyati, Bubi, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
1866
April, 1866
Age 31
Kuruman, Bechuanaland, Cape Colony, South Africa
1869
January 13, 1869
Age 33
Bechuanaland (Northern Cape), South Africa
1918
December 25, 1918
Age 83
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa