Burton served in India as an officer with the East India Company, became fluent in 29 languages, including Arabic, and went on the discover Lake Tanganyika. He was one of the first non-Muslims to enter Mecca, the Forbidden City, disguised as a pilgrim, and the talk explains the ritual of the Haji pilgrimage.
Burton also travelled widely in the USA and South America ending his career as British Consul in Damascus and Trieste. He translated and wrote numerous books and was knighted by Queen Victoria.Views: 9 | Enquiries: 0
I started work in 1961 as a Westland Helicopters engineering apprentice spending 25 years with the company before moving on to manage a number of other aviation and defence companies. Following retirement in 2008 we moved back to the West Country but in 2014 moved again to Saltdean, just outside Brighton. I have worked for the Prince’s Trust, been Chair of Governors at a local Academy, and sat on numerous committees. Currently I am Secretary of the Brighton and District Probus Club, Treasurer of the 5 Deans U3A, and a member of the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions. My other interests include genealogy and presenting talks on ‘fascinating historical characters’ which over the years I have given to a variety of organisations including Probus, the WI and U3A. All my talks are fully illustrated using powerpoint slides.
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