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RCS/RCMS 113 contains:
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40 Reminiscences of the Asian community in the West Nile District
41 Stanley's journey through Ankole, 1889
42 Letter and photographs of Bishop Hannington
43 Obituary of Ernest Balfour Haddon
44 Memoirs of George Nightingale
45 Uganda Railway Survey diaries
46 Visitors' book of Alice Hobley
47 Diary of Charles Hobley
48 Photographs of Nandi Scouts
49 Letter from Harold Lambert on Kenya
50 History of 4th The King's African Rifles
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Title Uganda Railway Survey diaries
Reference RCMS 113/45
(former reference: MSS 46 V)
Creator Macdonald, Sir, James Ronald Leslie, 1862-1927, Knight, Major General; Pringle, Sir, John Wallace, 1863-1938, Knight, Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways
Covering Dates 1964
Extent and Medium 1 folder (62 pages); paper; Typewritten
Content and context

Sir James Ronald Leslie Macdonald (1862-1927) was born on 8 February 1862 in Aberdeen. He attended the grammar school and university in Aberdeen before joining the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He was gazetted to the Royal Engineers in 1882, and was attached to the Military Works Department in India, 1885-1891. In 1891 he was appointed Chief Engineer on the preliminary survey for the projected Uganda Railway between Mombasa and Lake Victoria Nyanza. Macdonald became Acting Commissioner of the Uganda in 1893, and commanded a British exploring expedition in East Africa, 1897-1899, which successfully engaged mutineers and rebels. He was appointed Director of Balloons, and subsequently of Railways, for the China expeditionary force in 1900, and was the general officer commanding in Mauritius, 1900-1912. He died on 27 June 1927 in Bournemouth.

Sir John Wallace Pringle (1863-1938) was part of the Burmese Expedition, 1885-1886, and the Uganda Railway Survey, 1891-1892. He was Chief Inspecting Officer at the Ministry of Transport from 1916 until his retirement in 1929. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and was knighted in 1925. He died on 16 July 1938.

Typescript copies by A.T. Matson of the diaries of Sir James Macdonald and Sir John Pringle, 1891-1892.

Bequeathed by H.B. Thomas, 1971.

Further information

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), pp. 107-108. Indexed

The original diaries are kept at Rhodes House Library, Oxford, where they were deposited under the Oxford University Colonial Records Project.

Index Terms
Matson, Albert Thomas (1915-1987)
Pringle, Sir John Wallace (1863-1938) Knight, Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways
Macdonald, Sir James Ronald Leslie (1862-1927) Knight, Major General
RCS/RCMS 113/45 contains:
1 Journal of Sir James Macdonald. A journal covering 17 December 1891 - 5 March 1892, including 'General scheme Machakos - Victoria Nyanza', 15 March 1892.
27 pages.
2 Diary of Sir John Pringle. A diary covering 7 December 1891 - 12 July 1892, including additional notes.
62 pages.

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