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James Augustus Grant

1827 - 1892

Explorer and soldier. Grant was born in Nairn (Highland) and educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen. He joined the British army, serving in India during the Sikh Wars (1849) and the Indian Mutiny (1857-8).

He searched for the source of the Nile with John Hanning Speke (1860-3) and together they traced the river to Lake Victoria (in modern-day Uganda). He kept a record of his journey and published these as A Walk Across Africa (1864).

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