Harry Scott Thornicroft

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This article is about the Rhodesian civil servant. For the British MP, see Harry Thorneycroft.

Henry "Harry" Scott Thornicroft, nicknamed "Dongolosi"[1](fl. 1907[2]–1937[3]) was a Native Commissioner in Petauke, in North-Western Rhodesia and later Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) for 17 years around 1907,[1][2] and later a Justice of the Peace in Fort Jameson (now Chipata).[3]

Thornicroft married a local woman and had 11 children,[2] including Gaston Thornicroft, later a leader of the Coloured community.[4] Thornicroft's Giraffe, a subspecies of giraffe endemic to the Luangwa Valley, is named after him, from a specimen which he had shot and sent to the Natural History Museum, London, where it was displayed.[1][2][5]

Harry Scott Thornicroft (on the right)
  1. ^ a b c "Truly Zambian". The Lowdown. October 2004. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d McCarthy, Michael (2010-03-04). Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo. John Murray. p. 42. ISBN 9781848543829. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Who's who of Southern Africa. K. Donaldson. 1937. p. 236. 
  4. ^ Macmillan, Hugh (December 2000). "Book review". Journal of Southern African Studies. Taylor & Francis. 26 (4 Special Issue: African Environments: Past and Present): 863–865. JSTOR 2637576. 
  5. ^ Chituta, Diana (1985). "Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti". Black Lechwe. Wild Life Conservation Society of Zambia (9): 29–35.