Joseph Thomson

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Thomson, Joseph


Born Feb. 14, 1858, in Penpont, Dumfriesshire; died Aug. 2,1895, in London. British geologist and explorer of Africa.

In 1879 and 1880, Thomson made his way from Zanzibar to the northern end of Lake Nyasa and explored the territory, previously unknown to Europeans, between Lakes Nyasa and Tanganyika; he also followed the Lukuga River for some distance from its source in Lake Tanganyika and discovered Lake Rukwa. In 1881, Thomson explored the Ruvuma River. While traversing the territory between Mombasa and Lake Victoria in 1882, he explored the interior of what is now Kenya, where he discovered Lake Baringo and the volcanic massif Mount Elgon.


Gornung, M. B., Iu. G. Lipets, and I. N. Oleinikov. Istoriia otkrytiiai i ssledovaniia Afriki. Moscow, 1973.
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The Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre is hosting the shows at Sundial Cottage, Marrburn Road.
Joseph Thomson, from Dumfriesshire, took over leading an African expedition when he was in his 20s.
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CORDON: Police at Georgesons car sales on Breck Road last November, inset, Norris Green dad Joseph Thomson who was shot dead by a firearm in August last year
Joseph Thomson, a geologist, naturalist and fellow Scot, arrived wearing pyjamas as a substitute for cricket whites while in the train carriage an animated discussion took place among several players as to which was the most suitable side of the bat to use while striking the ball.
Photographer Mike Hacker recently used a Land Rover to retrace the footsteps of Joseph Thomson, a young Scottish geologist commissioned by the Royal Geographical Society to explore East Africa between the coast and the shores of Lake Victoria.
Joseph Thomson, 21, of Uddingston, said: "I am sickened with the score-line.
Joseph Thomson and David McAllister,both 28,poured petrol through the letter box then tossed a coin for the ``honour'' of lighting the fire.
We will never be made whole,'' said Joseph Thomson, 85.
1850-1900': there is rather a lot on James Bruce for this period, yet no Macdonald Austin or Lugard, though the third of the Uganda travelogue trio, Gerald Portal, is here; yet no Mary Kingsley and no Joseph Thomson, a major traveller in Youngs' East as well as Africa's West Africa