Visiting Livingstone's Birthplace
David Livingstone, Scotland’s most famous explorer, was born in 1813. His family was very poor. He was born in a single-roomed tenement inside a whitewashed building which housed cotton-mill workers and their families in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire. The Livingstone family shared the building with 23 other families.
David Livingstone lived in his single-roomed home with his parents and four siblings. The building is now a museum called the David Livingstone Centre, which tells the amazing story of Livingstone's life and has a collection of objects that he owned and used. Members of our Stirlingshire YAC visited the museum in September 2017.
During their visit, the Stirlingshire YACs learnt about Livingstone's life in the early 19th century, his travels in Africa, and his campaign against slavery. He was the first European to cross southern Africa and later died trying to find the source of the River Nile. His heart is buried in Zambia and the rest of his body is buried in London.
Later in the year, the members will learn even more about slavery and Livingstone's campaign to abolish it when they look at Glasgow's involvement in the triangular trade.
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