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Name: ROSCOE, John (Rev.)

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Birth Date: 25.10.1861 Kirkby, Lancs.

Death Date: 2.12.1932 Ovington, Thetford

Nationality: British

First Date: 1884

Profession: CMS Missionary in Uganda. Travelling to the coast with Bishop Tucker in 1896. Leading a party of missionaries to Uganda in 1897. In charge of the work in Toro but invalided to Mengo

Area: Mengo

Married: In Frostenden, Suffolk 2 Apr 1888 Agnes Kate Allen b. 20 Nov 1860 Frostenden, Suffolk, d. 9 Feb 1949 St Albans, Herts.

Children: Veronica Agnes (Mombasa 28.4.1889-1972); Norman Keith (Cambridge 24.2.1891-1947)

Author: 'Twenty Five years in East Africa' 1921, 'The Baganda' 1911

Book Reference: Tucker, EAHB 1905, North, Drumkey, UJ, BEA, EAHB 1906, CMS, EAHB 1904, EAHB 1907, Chandler

General Information:

North - Engineer; Nyanza Mission; on leave Jan 1887 to May 1888; arr. Buganda from south of Lake Victoria Nov 1891; dep. Kampala to open Mission at Luba's June 1892, only there two months & returned to Kampala; ordained Deacon 15/1/1893 & Priest 28/5/1893 at Kampala; based at Mengo; visiting Koki April 1896; Toro 1898; returned to Mengo from Toro Sept. 1899 Drumkey 1909 - CMS Uganda - Mengo
Uganda Journal - Vol. 2 No. 2 - Further Memories of Uganda by Sir Albert Cook - on steam-boat "Kampala" - The roof of the little cabin rose about five feet above the deck, and while most of us slept on the deck Roscoe slept on the roof of the cabin; a storm sprang up when we were anchored off the Kyagwe coast and the little vessel rolled violently pitching Roscoe, no light weight, clean off the roof of the cabin on to the deck. He might well have broken his neck, in which case we should have missed all his fruitful contributions to the anthropology of the natives, only he happened to fall plumb on to the body of a Swahili sailor sleeping below. It knocked all the breath out of him with a terrific grunt, but the man did not even wake up!
CMS 1884 - Age 22. b. at Liverpool. Engineer. 1882, Feb 7, Prep. Instn.; 1883, Easter, CM Coll. 1884, June 13 to  to E. Eq. Africa Mission - Nyanza for Lay work; 1887, Jan 5 to England; 1888, May 9 to E. Eq. Africa; 1889, June 7 to England; 1891, June 8 to E. Eq. Africa. 1893, Jan 15 at Mengo Deacon and May 28 Priest by Bishop Tucker. Married 1888, Apr 2, Agnes Kate Allen. [Notes by Roy Dunstan] 1896, Sept 11 to UK; 1897 Oct 1 to Uganda & Mengo; 1901 Feb 20 to UK; 1902 Sep. 23 to Mengo; 1906 July 12 to UK; 1907 Oct 16 to Mengo; 1909 Feb 28 to UK; 1910 Feb 3 Hon. MA (Camb); 1910 May 10 retired. 1932, Dec 2 died at Ovington, Thetford

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