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Kyd, Robert (1746–1793), botanist and army officer, was born in Forfarshire. Little is known of his family and early life. He may have studied medicine at Edinburgh. In 1764 he obtained a cadetship and was appointed ensign in the Bengal Engineers. The following year he was promoted to lieutenant. He became captain on 3 April 1768, major on 29 May 1780, and lieutenant-colonel on 7 December 1782. On the latter date he was appointed secretary to the ...


Robert Kyd (1746–1793) by unknown engraver © The Natural History Museum, London


H. M. Chichester

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Munro, William (1818–1880), army officer and botanist, was born at Druids Stoke, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of William Munro. He entered the army as an ensign in the 39th Dorsetshire regiment of foot on 20 January 1834. His subsequent steps in the regiment, all by purchase, were to lieutenant in April 1836, captain on 2 July 1844, major on 7 May 1852, and lieutenant-colonel on 11 November 1853. He served with the regiment for many years in ...