1855  — 1942

Thomas Cosby Fulton

Irish Presbyterian missionary in Manchuria.

Fulton was born near Carnmoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and was educated at Queen’s College, Belfast. Appointed to Manchuria in 1884 and stationed at Newchwang (Yingkou), he spent much time in pioneer evangelism over a wide area. He may have opened more stations and churches than any other missionary of his time in Manchuria. In 1899 he joined the staff of Union Theological College, Mukden (Shenyang), and spent most of the rest of his missionary career in theological education. He retired in 1941.


This article is reprinted from Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, Macmillan Reference USA, copyright (c) 1998 Gerald H. Anderson, by permission of The Gale Group; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. All rights reserved.


  • T. C. Fulton, Reminiscences (1937). R. H. Boyd, Thomas Cosby Fulton (n.d.) and Waymakers in Manchuria (1940); Austin Fulton, Through Earthquake, Wind, and Fire: Church and Mission in Manchuria, 1867-1950 (1967).

About the Author

T. Jack Thompson

Lecturer in Mission Studies, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland