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Louise Pirouet

Photo courtesy of Homerton College website

Louise Pirouet, Church Missionary Society, Uganda

Dates: Died December 21, 2012

Dr Margaret Mary Louise Pirouet, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Homerton College 1978-1989, died peacefully on 21 December 2012.  (...)

Louise came to Homerton from the University of East Africa, at Makere in Uganda where she had been teaching religious studies and undertaking radical and innovative research.  She subsequently taught for many years in the Religious Studies Department at Homerton alongside Jean Holm and Grahame Miles.

In Uganda, she built on her doctoral research which had involved the extensive interviewing of African Christians about their perceptions of the faith that they had received from European missions.  She was supportive thereby of the earliest African scholars’ own expressions of their adopted and developing theology.  Louise left Uganda in the wake of Idi Amin's ejections of foreign personnel and persecution of many of his own people. She had developed a deep attachment to Uganda and its people and retained many contacts both in that country and with exiles in the UK. There was a constant stream of visitors to her home and many also passed through Homerton. (from the Homerton College website )

Pirouet was born to missionary parents in Cape Town, South Africa, but her family returned to England, where she was educated and entered the teaching profession. She returned to Africa with the Church Missionary Society, teaching at a girls’ school in Kenya before completing her Ph.D. at the University of East Africa, Makere, Uganda; her thesis was published as Black Evangelists: The Spread of Christianity in Uganda, 1891–1914 (1978). Pirouet subsequently taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and from 1978 to 1989 in the Department of Religious Studies at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, where she continued her work on African history. (From "Noteworthy," p.147, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 37, No. 3, July 2013).


"Dr Margaret Mary Louise Pirouet." Homerton College website, University of Cambridge. Http://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/news/dr-margaret-mary-louise-pirouet. Accessed September 2, 2016.
"Noteworthy" International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 37, No. 3 (July 2013), 147.