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Arthur Hay, ninth marquess of Tweeddale (1824–1878) by Thomas Richard Williams, c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hay, Arthur, ninth marquess of Tweeddale (1824–1878), army officer and naturalist, was born at Yester, East Lothian, on 9 November 1824, the son of George Hay, eighth marquess of Tweeddale (1787–1876), army officer and agriculturist, and his wife, Lady Susan (1797–1870), daughter of ...

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Richard Meinertzhagen (1878–1967) by unknown photographer, 1906 Trustees of the Col. R. Meinertzhagen Trusts / Rhodes House Library

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Meinertzhagen, Richard (1878–1967), naturalist and army officer, was born on 3 March 1878 at 10 Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge, London, the second son and third child in the family of four sons and five daughters of Daniel Meinertzhagen, a London merchant banker whose German family had long settled in ...

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Paterson, William (1755–1810), army officer and naturalist, was born on 17 August 1755 in Scotland of unknown parentage. There he developed a lifelong interest in botany. Supported by Mary Bowes, countess of Strathmore, he made four journeys from Cape Town into the interior of ...

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Smith, Charles Hamilton (1776–1859), soldier and natural historian, was born in east Flanders on 26 December 1776, a descendant of a Flemish protestant family. He was at school in Richmond, Surrey, when a revolt occurred in the Low Countries and he was called home to study in the ...

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Smuts, Jan Christiaan (1870–1950), prime minister of South Africa, army officer, and writer on evolution, was born on 24 May 1870 at Bovenplaats, near Riebeeck West in the Malmesbury district of Cape Colony, the second child of Jacobus Abraham (Kosie) Smuts (1845–1914) and ...

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Sykes, William Henry (1790–1872), army officer in the East India Company and naturalist, son of Samuel Sykes of Friezing Hall, Yorkshire, the descendant of the Drighlington branch of an old Yorkshire family, was born on 25 January 1790. He entered the military service of the ...