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Richard Thornton (1838 - 1863)

Born: 1838
Son of: Richard Thornton and Eliza Thornton

Richard was the 11th of 12 children.

He studied at Bingley Grammar School and the Royal School of Mines in London.

In 1857 he accompanied Dr. Livingstone on the Zambesi expedition.

Using family money from Cottingley, he left Livingstone and with 2 natives and 300 slaves set out to explore the country round Tete, north of Zambesi and fell in with a German expedition in the first ever European survey of the Kilimanjaro mountains.

He died of dysentery at the age of 25.

Died: 22nd April 1863