Alexander Gordon Laing (1793-1826), Scottish explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu. Engraving by S. Freeman. 'It was felt in some conservative military circles that Major Gordon Laing was a clever but somewhat conceited officer, and probably there was feeling of mild relief when he applied to lead a new expedition into the Sahara.' The African Adventure - A History of Africa's Explorers by Timothy Severin, page 124.

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Alexander Gordon Laing (1793-1826), Scottish explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu. Engraving by S. Freeman. 'It was felt in some conservative military circles that Major Gordon Laing was a clever but somewhat conceited officer, and probably there was feeling of mild relief when he applied to lead a new expedition into the Sahara.' The African Adventure - A History of Africa's Explorers by Timothy Severin, page 124.
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Alexander Gordon Laing (1793-1826), Scottish explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu. Engraving by S. Freeman. 'It was felt in some conservative military circles that Major Gordon Laing was a clever but somewhat conceited officer, and probably there was feeling of mild relief when he applied to lead a new expedition into the Sahara.' The African Adventure - A History of Africa's Explorers by Timothy Severin, page 124.