Burton, Sir Richard Francis (18211890)

Burton, Sir Richard Francis, traveller, born in Hertfordshire; served first as a soldier in Scind under Sir C. Napier; visited Mecca and Medina as an Afghan pilgrim; wrote an account of his visit in his “Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage, &c.”; penetrated Central Africa along with Captain Speke, and discovered Lake Tanganyika; visited Utah, and wrote “The City of the Saints”; travelled in Brazil, Palestine, and Western Africa, accompanied through many a hardship by his devoted wife; translated the “Arabian Nights”; his works on his travels numerous, and show him to have been of daring adventure (18211890).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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