Goldie, George

BORN 20 May 1846, Isle of Man - DIED 20 Aug 1925, London
BIRTH NAME Goldie, George Dashwood Taubman
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (8)

George Goldie played an important part in the founding of Nigeria. He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel John Taubman Goldie-Taubman and his second wife Caroline Everina Hovenden. He was educated at the military academy in Woolwich and was commissioned at the Royal Engineers for two years. In 1870 he married Matilda Catherine Elliot, wgo died in 1898.

He travelled in Africa and first visited the area of the Niger in 1877. He spent twenty years adding the regions of lower and middle Niger to the British Empire. In 1879 he founded the United Africa Company that was renamred to the National African Company to obtain government support. In 1884 he bought out the French traders that had settled in the area and he from 1894 to 1900 Bismarck tried to get hold of part of the area. By granting Germany an area they prevented the advance of the French.

In 1897 a successful expedition against the hostile Muslim states Nupe and Ilorin was led by Goldie. In 1900 the Royal Niger Company sold its land to the British government.

In 1903 he visited Rhodesia for the Chartered Company of South Africa. In 1905 he was elected preisdent of the Royal Geographical Society (until 1908) and in 1908 he became an alderman of the London City Council. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society.


The grave of George Goldie at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 Aug 2016)


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Published: 14 Oct 2017
Last update: 20 Apr 2022