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Amy Carmichael

CARMICHAEL, Amy Beatrice. b. Millisle, Co Down, Ireland (later Northern Ireland), 16 December 1867; d. Tirunelveli, India, 18 January 1951. She was the eldest of the seven children of David Carmichael, the prosperous owner of flour mills, and his wife, Catherine Jane Filson Carmichael. Her father died in April 1885, two years after the family moved to Belfast for business. Under the influence of her devout (Presbyterian) mother, Carmichael became involved in welfare work for the underprivileged from a young age: she started classes for mill girls in a centre which became known as ‘The Welcome’. She also served for a time in mission work in Manchester with her mother, but this ministry was...

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