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Edgar Leopold Layard


Civil servant and naturalist. Served in the Ceylon civil service, 1846–54; in the Cape of Good Hope civil service, 1854–70. Studied the birds and shells of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Curator of the South African museum, 1855–72. Published on the birds of South Africa (1867). (DSAB, Modern English biography



Modern English biography


DSAB: Dictionary of South African biography. Edited by W. J. de Kock et al. 4 vols. Pretoria and Cape Town: Nasionale Boekhandel Beperk [and others]. 1968–81.

Modern English biography: Modern English biography, containing many thousand concise memoirs of persons who have died since the year 1850. By Frederick Boase. 3 vols. and supplement (3 vols.). Truro, Cornwall: the author. 1892–1921.