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Samuel Pollard (1864-1915)

Samuel Pollard was born in Camelford, Cornwall, son of a Bible Christian minister. After five years in the civil service he entered the Bible Christian ministry with the specific intention of offering himself for missionary work in China. He commenced work in the Chaotung district in 1887 before going on to Kunming in 1889. His most notable work was among the aboriginal Miao people starting in 1904 in the face of intense opposition from the Chinese authorities.

Pollard invented the 'Pollard script' for the purpose of committing the Miao language to writing. He produced Miao translations of the New Testament and many hymns.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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