They are words that have been hidden for 140 years – and may just be about to change the way we think of one of Scotland’s most famous historical figures.

Scots explorer David Livingstone had run out of ink and paper after famously witnessing the massacre of hundreds of slaves in Africa.

He was forced to quickly improvise and created ink made from berry seeds, penning the words of his private diary on the pages of an old newspaper.

The result was that the writing did not survive and faded away to nothing, with history instead relying on a rewritten official account – until now.

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