Alexander Gordon Laing

Alexander Gordon Laing

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Major Alexander Gordon Laing (27 December 1793 - 26 September 1826) was a Scottish explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu via the north/south route. Laing was born at Edinburgh. He was educated by his father, William Laing, a private teacher of classics, and at Edinburgh University. In 1811 he went to Barbados as clerk to his maternal uncle Colonel (afterwards General) Gabriel Gordon. Through General Sir George Beckwith, governor of Barbados, he obtained an Ensigncy in the York Light Infantry Volunteers in 1813. He was promoted Lieutenant without purchase in 1815 and transferred to the 2nd West India Regiment after his former regiment was disbanded in 1817. In 1822 he transferred into the Royal African Colonial Corps as a Captain.
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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135942441
  • 9786135942446