Picturing history: Bishopton, Scotland
The first LDS missionaries to take the gospel to Scotland were Alexander Wright and Samuel Mulliner. Following their conversion to the gospel in Canada, these two met en route to Great Britain and were counseled to go to their native homeland of Scotland.
Feeling that their preaching should begin with their own families, they separated. Wright walked for days to find his family in Marnock only to be sequestered from them because he was suffering from smallpox. Mulliner began his labors in the area of Glasgow. On Jan. 14, 1840, Mulliner baptized Alexander and Jessie Hay of Bishopton in the River Clyde. It is believed that those were the first baptisms of the church in Scotland. Mulliner also conducted the first LDS sacrament service in Scotland, also in Bishopton.