Moffat Road, SW17

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Robert Moffat (December 21, 1795 – August 9, 1883) was a Scottish Congregationalist missionary to Africa, father-in-law of David Livingstone, and first translator of the Bible into Setswana, a Bantu language spoken in Southern Africa. He was born to humble parentage in Ormiston, East Lothian but moved  to Cheshire to find work as a gardener. In September 1816, he was formally commissioned at Surrey Chapel in London as a missionary and was sent out to South Africa where he spent most of the rest of his life. St Augustine’s Mission Church was nearby. It is one of a small cluster of roads with an African connection.

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