When travel about the country can resume, a place worth visiting is the wonderful city of Dundee. A mere stone’s throw away, it is undergoing great and beneficial change. Take time to explore the McManus Galleries with its history of religion in Dundee and of course the V and A museum. Not far from the V and A on the way into town – just beside the Slessor Gardens – there is a lovely path which contains paving slabs celebrating noted people with connections to Dundee. A couple of these bear some explanation.
Mary Anne Baxter (1801-1844) – of the wealthy Baxter linen manufacturing company, Miss Baxter was a deeply religious person who used her wealth for the benefit of many. A staunch member of the Congregational Church of Scotland, she supported missionary work abroad and good works in Dundee. She gave the city the lovely Baxter Park but more importantly endowed University College Dundee (which became Dundee University). As part of her endowment, she enshrined that the College was for women as well as men.
James Bowman Lindsay (1799-1862) – born near Arbroath, he began work as a linen weaver but, self-taught, soon proved his intellectual worth and began studying at the University of St. Andrews. He made a name for himself in the fields of physics and maths and returned to Dundee to teach and invent, at one point demonstrating a perfectly feasible electric light well before Edison. A deeply religious man, the work closest to his heart was his Pentacontaglossal Dictionary through which he set out to prove the accuracy of the Bible; in the course of this he translated the Lord’s Prayer into fifty languages.
Contemporaries, these two Christians set out to serve our Lord Jesus in different yet worthy ways, in so doing setting an example to all Christians to use their time, talents and money to further Christ’s Kingdom here on earth.