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How I lost my wattie, or, Life in Ceylon: and the coffee-planting experience of an auld Scotchman.

Author Arthur Sinclair
Title How I lost my wattie, or, Life in Ceylon: and the coffee-planting experience of an auld Scotchman.
Imprint Colombo: A. M. & J. Ferguson
Date of Publication 1878
Language English
Notes This is a rare example of printing in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) written in Scots by an "auld Scotchman", namely Arthur Sinclair (b. 1832. No other copies have been traced in the UK. Arthur Sinclair appears to have a had long and varied career working on tea and coffee plantations in Ceylon, the West Indies and South America, as well researching botany for commercial purposes. The "Melbourne Argus" newspaper for 28 March 1893 records Sinclair "paying a flying visit to Australasia in order to prime himself on the spot with the latest information as to the suitability of coloured labour for plantation work in a tropical climate." Sinclair spoke in Melbourne of his attempt to establish a colony in a remote area of Peru in 1891. In another work published in Colombo in 1900 "Planter and visiting agent in Ceylon", he reveals that he came from humble origins in Aberdeenshire with his parents being descended "from an old Jacobite stock," and that he was a prodigious reader from an early age. Sinclair is probably best known for his work "In tropical lands: recent travels to the sources of the Amazon, the West Indian Islands, and Ceylon" (Aberdeen, 1895). The author Iain Sinclair, in his 2002 work "London Orbital", revealed that Arthur Sinclair was his great-grandfather.
Shelfmark AP.1.216.29
Acquired on 13/05/16
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