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William Owen Lanyon in Jamaica

William Owen Lanyon in Jamaica

A cabinet card showing the colonial administrator and British Army officer William Owen Lanyon (1842-1887) in Jamaica, where he served as Private Secretary to Sir John Peter Grant, the island's Governor from 1868 to 1873. Lanyon is the man on the left, holding the horses' reins.

In South Africa, he took over administration of Transvaal from Sir Theophilus Shepstone on 4 March 1879, and remained in that position until 8 August 1881. He then served in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War. Lanyon became a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1878 and a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1880.

Colonel Sir William Owen Lanyon died of cancer in 1887 in New York.

Photographed by Bavastro of Kingston, Jamaica.

Ernesto Bavastro was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1837 - he was a member of of the Cuban Revolutionary Party - and died in Kingston, Jamaica in 1888.

Code: 124422
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