Under the auspices of the African Association, he led an expedition to explore the course of the River Niger - at 2600 miles the third longest river in Africa. His book Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa became a major success, introducing people to the vast continent.
In 1804 he set out on a second expedition, but never returned. It took time for his death to be confirmed, but his papers were eventually recovered and formed the basis of "The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa", published in 1815.
This impressive statue unveiled in 1859 stands on Selkirk High Street.
As we near the end of this year's A-Z challenge, I have enjoyed:
- EXcursions into local history and culture
- EXchanging information on "My Scottish Borders".
- EXpressing the pleasure I get from living in such a lovely part of the world.
A-Z Journey through "My Scottish Borders"
Yetholm and a Yarrow Ballad
A-Z Challenge Preview
A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrong's
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and Blackmail
A-Z Challenge F - Flodden, Fletcher and Flowers of the Forest
A-Z Challenge G - A Green & Pleasant Land and Galashiels
A-Z Challenge H - Hermitage Castle and Hawick
A-Z Challenge K - Kalaidoscope, Kelso and Kinmont Willie
A-Z Challenge L - The Fair Lilliard and Leaderfoot Viaduct
A-Z Challenge M - Muckle Mou'ed Meg and Melrose
A-Z Challenge N - Newark Castle and Nature
A-Z Challenge O - Oxford Connections - Sir James Murray & Mary Somerville
A-Z Challenge P - Pele Towers and Princely Connections
A-Z Challenge Q - Queen of Scots and Queen of Elfland
A-Z Challenge R - Rivers, Rugby and Rumbledethumps
A-Z Challenge S - Scott's, Sir Walter and 'Scott's View
A-Z Challenge T - Turnbull's and Thomas the Rhymer
A-Z Challenge U - US Presidential Connection, Unusual Sight & Unusual Facts
A-Z Challenge V -Valour Votes and Vital Statistics
A-Z Challenge W - Wallace, Waterloo, Walks and Woods