Yesterday we went to a talk given by Julie Davidson at the Lennoxlove Book Festival entitled “Looking for Mrs Livingstone”, about Mary, the wife of David Livingstone. Both Lindsey and I very much enjoyed her talk, which brought back memories of Botswana and Malawi. Davidson has written a book with the same title as her talk, which she signed for us after her presentation. This will be my Christmas present which I’ll look forward to reading.
Mary Livingstone, whose father was Robert Moffat (born in Ormiston, East Lothian), was brought up in Kuruman, which we didn’t visit during our time in Botswana, but several times we went to Kolobeng where Livingstone built a house that they lived in for a few years, and where one of their children is burried. Davidson said that there were several references to Kolobeng in her book.
We used to take the boys to Kolobeng, as it was a good birdwatching area, and we also took my sister Penny, and her partner John, there when they visited.
Davidson’s talk was given in the impressive Great Hall at Lennoxlove.