About Dr. Mackay
偕叡理牧師，俗稱馬偕博士，英文全名為George Leslie Mackay，取漢名「偕叡理」，1844年出生加拿大一個蘇格蘭拓荒移民家，十歲時就立志海外宣教。自師範學校畢業擔任教員後，輾轉再多倫多、普林斯頓及愛丁堡大學深造，直到1871年獲加拿大海外宣道會派令，始終不改其往赴中國宣教之初衷。
Rev. Jie Rui-Li, commonly known as Dr. Mackay and George Leslie Mackay as his full English name, was born in 1844 in Canada as a Scottish pioneer immigrant. When he was ten he set up his mind to become a missionary overseas. After graduating from a normal school he worked as a faculty member. Later he went on for further education in the universities of Toronto, Princeton, and Edinburgh. In 1871, he was ordered by the Overseas Missionary Association of Canada and has never changed his original intention of going to China for missions.
After his arrival in Tamsui in 1872, Mackay rented a residential house, and also used it for worship, medical practice and teaching. During his leisure time he picked up popular Taiwanese with the local herdsmen, and accustomed himself to the life of the general public, and later even took a Taiwanese girl as a wife, showing his firm mind of taking root in Tamsui. Through hard work and sincerity, he finally overcame the xenophobic complex that was unique to the treaty port area and blended himself with the life of Taiwan local people. When he returned to China for the first time in 1880 to report on his work, he already had a church house to cultivate local missionaries and 300 believers. People in the church honored him as "Pastor Jie", and the public called it "Black Hufan". He was also known abroad as “black-bearded barbarian”. Later Taiwanese gentry honored him as "Old Master Pastor Jie”. Since then, the Medical College, the Oxford College, and the Women's Academy were established one after another in Tamsui to spread Dr. Mackay’s medical and educational missions. He has contributed to Taiwan throughout his life, and his love for Taiwan has thrived to this date.
In 1901, he died in his residence in Tamsui due to laryngeal cancer, and was buried in the family cemetery according to his will. Throughout his life, he established 60 churches in Taiwan and baptized more than 3,000 people. For thirty years he has reached the folks of Hakka, Fujiao, Pingpu, and aboriginal tribes, wading through water and mountains. His footprint has extended as far as north of River Dajiaxi, Yilan and Hualien of eastern Taiwan.