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William Cornwallis Harris

b. c. 1807 d. 1848

Military engineer and traveller. Commissioned in the Bombay engineering corps, where he achieved the rank of major. Hunted big game in southern Africa, 1835–7. Led a diplomatic mission to the kingdom of Shoa (now in Ethiopia) in 1841. Knighted, 1844.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.