Happy 150th Birthday, James Scarth Gale

by Philip Gowman on 19 February, 2013

in Asides | Christians & Missionaries | Colonial period | Foreigners in Korea | Joseon Dynasty

James Scarth GaleJames Scarth Gale – missionary, translator, and one of the founders of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch – was born 150 years ago on 19 February 1863. His birthday has been marked by an upgraded Wikipedia page, a special page with photos on Brother Anthony’s site, and a memorial service at Yeondong Church (which he founded) on Sunday 17 February in the presence of his two grand-daughters, at which a memorial hall was inaugurated.

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SHOUVIK DATTA February 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

This must rank as a very important milestone in the Western study of Korea.

Wendy Earl June 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hi, Just found your website through Br Anthony’s published ‘Eerie Tales from Old Korea’ which he has kindly sent me … interested as I’m one of JSG’s grandaughters as mentioned above!

Philip Gowman June 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm


I’m looking forward to reading those tales. If postage from Korea wasn’t so expensive I’d have read them already!

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