John Brownlee, Rev. SV/PROG

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John Brownlee, Rev. SV/PROG

Birthplace: Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died in King William's Town, EC, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of James Brownlee and Janet Brownlee
Husband of Catharina Carolina Brownlee
Father of Janet Maria Brownlee; Charles Pacalt Brownlee, Hon.; James Brownlee, b2; Agnes Brownlee; John Brownlee and 3 others
Brother of Janet Baillie and Alexander Brownlee

Occupation: Missionary
Managed by: Guillaume Francois Gerber
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About John Brownlee, Rev. SV/PROG

John Brownlee was a pioneer Scottish missionary among the Xhosa of South Africa. Brownlee went to South Africa with the London Missionary Society (LMS) in 1817. After a year in the Cape Colony, he went beyond the colonial frontier to work among the Xhosa. His subsequent acceptance of the colonial authorities' request to be their agent led to his resignation fro the LMS. But in 1825 John Philip proposed that Brownlee resign from government service and serve the LMS again. He agreed and began a new station among the Xhosa (now King William's Town), where he was ordained as a Congregationalist. With the exception of two interruptions, first in the war of 1835 and then again in the war of 1846, he spent the rest of his life among the Xhosa and Mfengu there.


John Brownlee was also a keen gardener and botanist, and had an orchid named after him - Brownleea Orchidaceae


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John Brownlee, Rev. SV/PROG's Timeline

May 5, 1791
Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 28
Age 29
King Williams Town, Eastern Cape Colony, South Africa
April 1824
Age 32
EC, South Africa
Age 34
Age 37
Age 39
June 30, 1839
Age 48
King William's Town, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 24, 1871
Age 80
King William's Town, EC, South Africa