AFRICA THROUGH WESTERN EYES
Part 4: Papers of Sir John Kirk (1832-1922) from the National Library of Scotland
The third and fourth parts of this project are based on the rich holdings of the National Library of Scotland.
Part 4 is entirely devoted to the papers of Sir John Kirk (1832-1922), explorer, naturalist, diplomat and founder of the East African rubber trade. It offers rich sources for:
The records describe Kirk's work as Livingstone's assistant for the second Zambezi expedition (1858-1863). He made spectacular photographic records and his research formed the basis of his
Flora of Tropical Africa (1868–1917). They also describe his role as
British plenipotentiary to the African slave-trade conference at Brussels (1889–90) and his activities as High Consul and virtual ruler of Zanzibar, where he represented British, German, Portuguese and Italian interests.