Robert Morrison

First Protestant Missionary In China
Born Jan 5, 1782

Robert Morrison, FRS was an Anglo -Scottish evangelist and the first Christian Protestant missionary in China. After twenty-five years of work he translated the whole Bible into the Chinese language and baptized ten Chinese believers. Morrison pioneered the translation of the Bible into Chinese and planned for the distribution of the Scriptures as broadly as possible, unlike the previous Roman Catholic translation work that had never been published.… Read More

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1782 Birth Born on January 5, 1782.


1796 14 Years Old In 1796, young Robert Morrison followed his uncle James Nicholson into apprenticeship and later joined the Presbyterian church in 1798. … Read More
1801 19 Years Old Soon he wanted to become a missionary and in 1801, he started learning Latin, Greek Hebrew as well as systematic theology and shorthand from the Rev. W. Laidler, a Presbyterian minister in Newcastle, but his parents were opposed to his new vocation. … Read More


1803 21 Years Old On 7 January 1803 he entered George Collison's Hoxton Academy in London and was trained as Congregationalist minister. … Read More
1804 22 Years Old 1 More Event
After his mother's death in 1804, he joined the London Missionary Society.
1806 24 Years Old …  He traveled to visit his family and bid them farewell in July 1806, preaching 13 times in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. … Read More
1809 27 Years Old In 1809, he met 17-year-old Mary Morton and married her on 20 February that year in Macau. … Read More


1812 30 Years Old The Chinese grammar was finished in 1812, and sent to Bengal for printing, and heard no more of for three anxious, weary years for Morrison. … Read More


1824 42 Years Old 1 More Event
The years 1824 and 1825 were spent by Morrison in England, where he presented his Chinese Bible to King George IV, and was received by all classes with great demonstrations of respect. … Read More
1826 44 Years Old The new Mrs. Morrison and the children of his first marriage returned with him to China in 1826. … Read More


1832 50 Years Old …  In 1832 Morrison could write: There is now in Canton a state of society, in respect of Chinese, totally different from what I found in 1807. … Read More
1833 51 Years Old The Roman Catholics rose against Morrison in 1833, leading to the suppression of his presses and publications and removing his preferred method of spreading knowledge of Christ. … Read More
1834 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Morrison prepared his last sermon in June 1834 on the text, "In my Father's house are many mansions." … Read More
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