Alexander Keith Johnston (1844–1879)

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Memorial to Alexander Keith Johnston, Grange Cemetery

Alexander Keith Johnston (November 11, 1844 in Edinburgh – June 28, 1879 in Tanzania) was a Scottish explorer and geographer.

He was the son of published geographer Alexander Keith Johnston (1804–1871) and Mary Grey.

From 1873 to 1875 he was geographer to a commission for the survey of Paraguay. He led a Royal Geographical Society expedition to Lake Nyasa and Tanganyika. Johnston died in Beho Beho in South Africa after 6 months of this expedition from malaria and dysentry.[1]

He is remembered on his father's grave in Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh.


  1. ^ Shaw, Karl (2010). Curing hiccups with small fires : a delightful miscellany of Great British eccentrics. London: Pan. ISBN 978-0-330-51292-3.