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Mary Kingsley (1862-1900)

Jo Woolf tells the story of an intrepid explorer who was the fi rst woman to ascend the mighty Mount Cameroon in Africa

“The rain lashes so fiercely I cannot turn my face to it and breathe…”

When Mary Kingsley reached the summit of Mount Cameroon in September 1895, the wind was so strong that she could barely stand up. The tropical storm had obliterated the panorama which she had been promising herself through many days of arduous climbing. She was drenched, cold, exhausted and her companions – eager but inexperienced African lads whom she had employed to carry supplies – were fed up with trying to light camp fires in the rain. Mary was, however, the first woman ever to ascend the 13,250-foot mountain, and the experience only served to deepen her passion for Africa.

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The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of history, heritage and archaeology news, opinion, in-depth features and events. Highlights include: * Farming in 19th-century Fife * Mutiny in the East India Company * Medieval fishing rights on the River Forth * Splendours of the Subcontinent - new exhibition * Excerpts from a World War I diary

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