August 19, 1813, Colebrook Terrace, Islington, Middlesex, England.

February 2, 1906, Newport, Isle of Wight.


Luke was the daughter of Thomas Thompson, a founder of the British and Foreign Sailors’ Society. She began writing early, being first published in the Juvenile Magazine when she was 13. She married Congregational minister Samuel Luke when she was 20 years old.

Luke had an abiding interest in missions. From 1841–45, she edited The Missionary Repository. Among her friends was Mary Moffatt, daughter of missionary James Moffatt and later wife of David Livingston.

Luke’s works include:

  1. I Think, When I Read That Sweet Story

Luke’s burial place