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He is Pres. of the S.A. Football Assoc., and
has a cultivated artistic taste. He married,
Feb. 11, 1899, Hon. Agnes Mary, younger dau.
of the Right Hon. Viscount Peel, of the Lodge,
Sandy, Beds., late Speaker of the House of Com-
mons, and grand-dau. of Sir Robert Peel, the
great Prime Minister.

K.C.M.G., C.B. (Civil), of Bloemfontein, O.R.C.,
and the Army and Navy Club, was born in co.
Cork, Ireland, on June 27, 1858. He is son of
Richard Wallis Goold-Adams, of Jamesbrook,
co. Cork, and was educated privately and on the
training ship Conway. He joined the Army
in Jan., 1878. receiving his Captaincy seven years
later, and his Majority in 1895. In Sir Charles
Warren's Bechuanaland Expedition in 1884-5 he
served under that officer ; he commanded the
B.B.P. in the Matabele War of 1893, and in
the S.A. War he served during 1899 and
1900, first as Resident Commissioner in Bechu-
analand, afterwards having command of the
Kimberley Town Guard during the latter half of
the siege (twice mentioned in despatches).
Major Goold-Adams retired from his regt., the
Royal Scots, in March, 1901, when he was ap-
pointed Lieut. -Governor of the O.R.C., which
important position he still occupies. He is not

GORDON, WEBSTER B., A.M.I.C.E., formerly
j Superintending Engineer in the Public Works
Dept. of India, was appointed late in 1903 expert
adviser to the High Commissioner for S.A.
on matters of irrigation, to which subject he had
devoted much attention during his service in

GORST, SIR ELDON, K.C.B., Grand Cordon of
the Orders of the Medjidieh and Osmanieh, of
Cairo, and the Turf, Carlton and St. James'
Clubs, is the son of the Right Hon. Sir John
Gorst, M.P., and Mary, dau. of the Rev. Lorenzo
Moore. He was born in New Zealand, June 25,
1861, and was educated at Eton and Trinity Coll.,
Camb., where he graduated M.A. (20th Wrangler).
He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1885, be-

! coming Attache ; in 1887 he was Third Secy. ; in
1892 Second Secy. ; and in 1900 Secy, of Lega-
tion. In that year he was appointed Controller

1 of Direct Taxes to the Egyptian Govt. ,and in
1892 Under-Secy. of State for Finance ; in 1894
he was appointed adviser to the Ministry of the
Interior ; and in 1898 Financial Adviser to the
Egyptian Govt. Sir Eldon Gorst has rendered
eminent services to the cause of reform in Egypt.
He married, June 25, 1903, Evelyn, dau. of C. D.
Rudd (q.v.), of Ardnamurchan, N.B.

H.B.M. Consulate, Alexandria, and of the Con-
servative Club, Lond., was born Aug. 9, 1847 ; is
the eldest surviving son of Rev. J. M. Gould,


whose wife was a dau. of Gen. J. P. Grant, C.B. ;
was educated at Uffculme, Devon ; entered the
consular service as Student Interpreter in Siam
in 1868 ; was Vice-Consul in the Siamese Shan
States in 1883 ; Consul in Siam in 1885 ; Acting
Charge d' Affaires in Siam in 1886, and again from
1887 to 1889 ; became H.B.M. Consul at Port
Said in 1891, and has been Consul with personal
rank of Consul-Gen, at Alexandria since 1897.
He married, in 1895, Alice Elizabeth, dau. of Geo.
Gordon, of Melbourne.

M.F.I.M.E., F.R.C.I., of Klerksdorp, Transvaal,
was born at Gravesend, Kent ; is son of the late
Rev. Samuel Gower-Poole, Chaplain to Hon.
Trinity House, London ; was educated privately,
and was a cadet on H.M.S. Worcester. He
spent some years in Canada in the Engineer's
Dept. of the G.W.R ; served in the Cana-
dian Militia ; afterwards studied in Venice,
and went to S.A. in '73 ; took part in the Zulu
War as Lieut., being present at the taking of
Morosi's Mountain, Nov. 19, 1879 (medal and
clasp). In the late Boer War he served with
Rimmington's Guides and Scouts for 27 months,
and with the 16th Brigade as Transport Officer
for three months (medal and clasps). He has
had experience of the Gold and Diamond Fields
in Kimberley, De Kaap, Klerksdorp, Swaziland,
Orangia, and the Rand ; and practises now as
Civil and Mining Engineer at Klerksdorp. He
married, May 5, 1887, Fanny Burnett, eldest dau.
of J. F. Wood, of Stonehare, Scotland.

M.L.A., is member of the Cape Legislative
Assembly for the Province of Worcester, having
been last re-elected in Feb., 1904. He is a mem-
ber of the Bond Party.

GRAHAM, FREDEBICK, C.B. (1899), of Kin-
cairney, Weybridge, and of the St. Stephen's
Club, was born in 1848 at Cherry Bank, New-
haven, N.B. He is the son of Frederick Graham,
of East Ferry Cottage, Dunkeld, N.B., and
Marjorie, dau. of the Rev. Alex. Niven, D.D., of
Dunkeld. He was educated at Edinburgh, and
entered the Colonial Office in 1870 ; became prin-
cipal clerk in 1896, and subsequently Asst.
Under-Secy. of State, Colonial Office.

GRAHAM, HON. T. L., M.L.C., K.C., Attor-
ney-Gen, in Sir Gordon Sprigg's Ministry ;
has had a varied experience of political parties,
having started under the Bond. At the com-

mencement of the Boer War (1899) he was a
bitter and uncompromising opponent of that
organization ; but as Attorney-Gen, he caused
great consternation by refusing to place papers
relating to alleged treasonable practices by Dr.
Te Water before the House, while admitting
the existence of such documents being in pos-
session of the Govt. and the military authorities.
Finally, on the approach of the elections for the
Legislative Council, he offered himself as a
Progressive candidate for the Western Circle
of the C.C., and was elected, Nov., 1903,
second on the poll, by 12,530 votes. He for-
merly sat as the representative of the same
constituency in the Council.

was born at Dundalk in 1863 ; is the eldest
son of the late Arthur P. Graydon of Dublin,
and great-grandson of the late Right. Hon. Sir
Edward Newenham, M.P. for Dublin County.
He was educated at the Dundalk Inst. and
the Univ. of Oxford ; was formerly a Lieut,
in the 3rd Batt. the Queen's (Royal West.
Surrey) Regt., and for several years in the Civil
Service, which he entered by open competitive
examination, passing first of 150 candidates for
eight places. In 1885 he became Ed. of the
" Civil Service Gazette," and was officially con-
nected with the first and famous Conference of
Colonial Premiers in 1887. After spending
some years as Asst. -Ed. and Acting-Ed, of the
journal " South Africa," he became Ed. of the
" African Review." In 1896 he was appointed
Ed. -in-Chief of the " Johannesburg Times "
and " The Times of Africa," of which latter he
subsequently beccame proprietor. He is now
leader writer on the " Financial News," and is
also a contributor of special mining and financial
articles to the " Economist " and other leading
journals. His "Limited Liability Laws of the
South African Republic " ran into a third edition,
and among other works from his pen are "In
Saintly Stamboul " and a volume of Molirre's
and Racine's comedies translated and adapted
from the French. He has written a good deal
on "travel" subjects in "Blackwood's Magazine"
etc., being also joint author with Mr. Joseph
Kitchen of a Map of the Witwatersrand Gold-
fields which achieved a considerable popularity.
He is F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., possesses th Free-
dom of the City of London, is a Liveryman of
the Fruiterers' Company, and a Freemason.
He married Mary, eldest dau. of the late Thomas
Southwell, of Bridgnorth, a kinswoman of
Viscount Southwell.

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C.E., of Johannesburg, is a descendant of
William Dampier, one of the earliest circum-
navigators of the world, and was born in London
March 23, 1850. He was educated at Chester
Coll., of which he is an old Kong's Scholar.
He commenced his engineering career on the
Dee (Chester) Reclamation Works on the Dee
Estates, of which he was a part owner ; was
owner of copper lead and coal mines and lime
smelting works in North Wales, and left England
in 1886 to assist in the construction of the Cape
Central Railways. On completion thereof he
fitted out an expedition to Malmani Goldfields.
While there, in conjunction with others, he
organized an expedition for the taking of
Matabeleland. Some numbers of O.F. State
and Transvaal Boers expressed a desire
to join the enterprise, but the Home Govt. sent
word that " Her Majesty would look with grave
displeasure upon any armed force leaving Bech-
uanaland to molest the natives," and in deference
thereto the undertaking was abandoned. Mr.
Darnpier Green is Hon. Curator of the
Mineralogical and Geological Dept. of the
Transvaal Chamber of Mines, and Hon.
Treas. and Secy, of the Geological Society
of S.A., Johannesburg.

(1897), K.C.B. (1900), of the British Legation,
Berne ; Glencarrig, Glenealy, co. Wicklow, and
of the Travellers', St. James', and Royal St.
George Yacht Clubs, is the son of Richard J.
Greene, Barrister-at-Law, and the Hon. Louisa
Plunket, fourth dau. of the third Baron Plunket.
He was born Oct. 29, 1854, in Ireland, and edu-
cated at Harrow and Oxford where he graduated
M.A. (1880). He entered the Foreign Office
in 1877, and the Diplomatic Service in 1887 ;
served as Secy, to H.M. Legations at Athens,
Stuttgart, Darmstad, The Hague, and Brussels ;
as Secy, of Legation and Charge d' Affaires at
Teheran 1893-1896, but it was when he was
appointed Agent at Pretoria in Aug. 1896, with
the rank of Charge d' Affaires in H.M. Diplomatic
Service that he first came prominently before
public attention. It will be remembered that
Mr. Steyn roundly accused him of " decoying "
the Transvaal Govt. into making a conditional
offer of the five years' franchise. It was Sir
Conyngham who told Mr. Kriiger that,
whether he said " suzerainty " or not, suzer-
ainty there would have to be ; but that " if
the present were a bona-fide endeavour to settle
the political rights of our people for good

and all, we should neither wish, nor have
cause, for interference with the internal
affairs of the Transvaal." At 5 p.m. on
Oct. 11, 1899, Sir W. C. Greene's official duties
at Pretoria came to and end. jHe received the
ultimatum of the Transvaal Govt., and having
asked for and received his passports left
Pretoria on Oct. 12 for England. For his
services he was made K.C.B. , May 24, 1900,
and promoted to be an Envoy Extraordinary
and Minister Plenipotentiary in H.M. Dip-
lomatic service in 1901. He married, in 1884,
Lady Lily Stopford, fifth dau. of the Earl of

S.A.M.I.F., of Johannesburg, and the Rand,
New (Johannesburg), and Durban Clubs, was
born at Glasgow, June 22, 1852. He is son of
Matthew Greenlees, of Campbeltown, N.B., by
Elizabeth Jack of Paisley, N.B., and was
educated at Blair Lodge Sch. and Edinburgh
Univ. Arriving in S.A. in 1871, he worked
on the Diamond Fields for over a year without
success. For the next eight years he was farming
and storekeeping in the Free State, making
two hunting trips into what was then considered
the far interior north of Bechuanaland. In 1881
he had a wholesale mercantile business in New-
castle, Natal, where he was head of the Munici-
pality in 1883. He was in business at Wakker-
stroom, Transvaal, from 1884 to 1889, when he
went to Johannesburg and started stock-
broking. At the beginning of the late war
Mr. Greenlees was appointed War Corres-
pondent to " The Times," and was with Gen.
French in the Colesberg District. He joined
the Colonial Division under Gen. Brabant in
Dec. 1899, and was throxigh all the Division's
fighting, including the siege of Wepener, up till
Aug. 1900, when he was with Gen. Clements
from Senekal to Bethlehem. In Aug. Capt.
Greenlees was appointed A.D.C. to Gen.
Brabant and remained with him until Jan.,
1902, when, on the reorganization of the C.D.F.,
he retired and returned to Johannesburg. His
services were brought to the notice of the C.I.C.
by Sir E. Y. Brabant, but as these were deemed
to have been rendered to the Cape Colonial
Govt. no notice was taken of the recommenda-
tion by Lord Kitchener. In Johannesburg
he is a Director of several Cos. ; he was for
years on the Committee of the Stock Exchange,
and has taken an interest in local politics. He
married, in 1893, Miss Ethel Maud Gittings,
of Birmingham.


(Edin.), F.B.S.E., J.P., of the Residency,
Grahamstown, and the Albany Club, Grahams-
town, was born at Kilmarnock, Scotland, Sept.
29, 1858, and belongs to a Campbeltown (Argyll-
shire) family. He was educated at Glasgow
and Edinburgh Univ. Dr. Greenlees was
Asst. Med. Officer at Carlisle Asylum from
1884 to 1887, and held a similar appoint-
ment at the City of London Asylum from 1887
to 1890. He is now Medical Supt. of
the Grahamstown Asylum, the Chronic Sick
Hospital, Grahamstown, and of the Institute for
Imbeciles, Grahamstown. He is the author of
many papers on medical and psychological
subjects, and was lately Surg.-Capt. in
the 1st City Volunteers. He married, Oct.
17, 1894, Edith, dau. of the late R. White of

GREGOROWSKI, JUDGE ; formerly a Judge
of the O.F.S., he was in 1896 State Attor-
ney to that Republic when invited to pre-
side over the trial of the Reform prisoners at
Pretoria, although having no status in the Trans-
vaal. He was accordingly provisionally ap-
pointed to a seat on the Transvaal Bench.
He was noted for the peculiar severity of his
sentences on all except Boers, and it is asserted
that he came to the trial of the Reformers with
the full intent of stretching the law to its utmost
against the prisoners. In summing up he stated
that he held the signatories of the letter of invita-
tion to Dr. Jameson to be directly responsible
for the shedding of the burghers' blood at
Doornkop. Notwithstanding that the Com-
mittee had offered to guarantee with their persons
that if the Govt. would allow Dr. Jameson
to come into Johannesburg unmolested, he would
leave again peacefully as soon as possible, and
setting aside the special statutes of the State,
he passed the death sentence upon them under
Roman-Dutch law. The Judge then passed
sentence on the other prisoners, the rank and
file of the Reform Committee, condemning them
to two years' imprisonment, to pay fines of
2,000 each, or as an alternative to suffer an-
other's year's imprisonment, and thereafter to
be banished from the State for a period of three
years. Mr. Gregorowski resigned his judge-
ship to fill the post of State Attorney vacated
by Dr. Coster. When a law was passed (No. 1
of 1897) empowering the Govt. to exact assur-
ances from the judges that they would respect
all resolutions of the Volksraad as having the
force of law and declare themselves not entitled

to test the validity of a law by its agreement
or conflict with the Constitution, and empowering;
the President to summarily dismiss the judges,
Mr. Gregorowski emphatically stated that no
honourable man could possibly sit upon the
Transvaal Bench so long as that law remained
upon the Statute Book. Nevertheless on having
to decide the question of costs which was referred
to him in the case of Brown v. the State, he gave
a judgment which practically brought the case
under the operation of the obnoxious law.
Furthermore, when Chief Justice Kotze was
dismissed by the President under the summary
powers of Law 1 of 1897, Mr. Gregorowski did
not find it inconsistent to accept the office of
Chief Justice.

GREY, EARL, LL.M., J.P., of 22, South St.,
Park Lane, W., of Howick House, Lesbury,
Northumberland, and of Brooks' Club, is the
only surviving son of Gen. the Hon. Chas.
Grey, and nephew of the 3rd Earl Grey,
K.G., P.C., who was the eldest son of the
youngest of the accusers who impeached Warren
Hastings at the Bar of the House of Lords in
1788 and the six following years. Albert
Henry George Grey, who is now the 4th Earl,
was born Nov. 28, 1851, and was educated at
Harrow and at Cambridge, where he greatly
distinguished himself. He began his political
career under curious circumstances. It was
in 1878 that at a by-election in South Northum-
berland the Liberal party selected Mr. Albert
Grey (as he then was) to contest what was
generally regarded as a safe Conservative seat.
However Mr. Grey's popularity won him a
majority of two at the poll over his rival, Mr. E.
Ridley, Q.C., but as the extra couple of voting
papers were found to be irregular, the High
Sheriff decided to reject them, and made a
double return, each opponent being returned
to the House of Commons without having the
right to speak or vote. As the Parliament was
nearly at an end, the Liberals resolved not to
incur the expense of a scrutiny, and the Conserv-
ative member was allowed to keep the seat
until the dissolution in 1880, when the present
Peer was elected by a large majority. In 1885-6
he represented the Tyneside Division of his native
county as a Liberal-Unionist, but in the latter
year he was defeated by a Gladstonian candidate,
and did not subsequently seek parliamentary

Earl Grey succeeded to the title in 1894.
He was one of the original directors of the B.S.A .
Co., and in 1896 he went to Rhodesia as Ad-



ministrator, filling this high office with consider-
able success during a troublous period which
saw, amongst other things, the settlement of the
peace terms with the Matabele chiefs, which
put an end to the rebellion of 1896. Lord Grey
for a time took an active part in the field against
the Matabele, and it is not generally known that
he was very nearly cut off by the rebels at the
battle of Sepula's Kraal in the Matoppos. He
returned to England in 1897, and soon after
became Vice-Pres. of the Chartered Co., a post
which he has filled ever since. He is also one of
the Trustees for the Debenture Holders of the
B.S.A. Co., and is Chairman of the Charter
Trust and Agency, Ltd. He not only devotes
himself to the more important affairs of the
Chartered Co., but takes also a very
genuine interest in the personal interests of
Rhodesians. Among other popular movements
he is interesting himself in having the remains
of four prominent Rhodesians who were killed
in the late S.A. War, viz., Jack Spreckley, Fred
Crewe, Claude Grenfell, and C. J. Knapp,
removed to Charterland for re-interment
hard by the tomb of Cecil Rhodes in the Ma-
toppos. But the great philanthropic movement
with which Lord Grey has been identified
from the commencement is the formation and
organization at home and abroad of the Central
Public House Trust Association, the chief aims
of which are to promote the higher temperance
by the conversion, wherever possible, of the
public house from a drinking bar into a house
of refreshment for the supply of wholesome
food and non-alcoholic liquors as well as of beer
and spirits, and to provide such an organization
as will enable the licensing authorities to secure
that all new licenses, with their high monopoly
values, shall be administered as a trust in the
interests of the public, and not by private
individuals for then* personal gain. In 1877
he married Alice, youngest daughter of the
late R. S. Holford, of Weston Brit,

GRIFFIN, TOWNSHEND, of 29, Queen Anne's
Gate, London, S.W., was formerly a Govt.
official in Kimberley, and subsequently Chief
Commissioner of Mines in Rhodesia where he
resided for some years. He has now relinquished
that appointment, and is a trustee for the
Debenture-holders of the Rhodesia Railways,
a director of the Eurafrican Co. and some other


C.M.G. (1902), J.P. of Bathurst, Gambia,
W. Africa, and of the Constitutional and
Grosvenor Clubs, is the youngest son of the late
Sir W. Brandford Griffith, K.C.M.G., of Windsor,
Barbados, W. Indies. He was born in 1863;
was educated at Harrison's Coll., Barbados,
and now occupies the position of senior member
of the Executive and Legislative Councils of
the Gambia, for which Colony is he also J.P.
He married, in 1897, Margaret Elizabeth, dau.
of the late S. A. Sewell of Baling.

Knight Bachelor, B.A., of Accra, Gold Coast,
and Constitutional Club, was born at Stone
Court, Stone, Glos., Feb. 9, 1858. He is son of
Sir W. Blandford Griffith by his wife Mary
Eliza, dau. of George Thornton Metcalfe, of
Antigua, and previously of Kirkby Lonsdale,
Westmoreland. He was educated in Jersey,
at Harrison Coll., Barbados, at Univ. Coll.,
London, and was called to the Bar of the Middle
Temple in 1881. In 1885 he was appointed
District Commissioner of the Gold Coast Colony,
and acted as Queen's Advocate and Puisne
Judge of the Gold Coast frequently between
1884 and 1888. He was R.M. at Jamaica from
1889 to 1895 ; Actg. Attorney-Gen., Jamaica,
1892 ; and received his present appointment
as Chief Justice of the Gold Coast in 1895.
He administered the Govt. of Lagos in 1896 ;
and was Deputy for the Governor of the Gold
Coast in 1897. Sir William revised the Ordin-
ances of the Gold Coast in 1887, in 1897, and
again in 1903, and he now holds a dormant
commission to administer the Govt. of the Gold
Coast in the absence of the Governor and the
Colonial Secy. He married, Feb. 7, 1884,
Eveline Florence Elizabeth, dau. of Penrose
Nevins, of Settle, Yorks.

(P.O. Box 2146), and of the Blenheim (Lond.)
and Rand (Johannesburg) Clubs, was born at
Manchester in 1866. He is second son of John
Griffiths, at one time champion of the Nemesis
Rowing Club. He was educated at Dieppe Coll.
and at the Royal Sch. of Mines, Lond. ; graduated
B.Sc. ; was Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medallist
of Cardiff Technical Schools, and secured the
Ware and Cardiff Scholarships. He is also
Associate of the Royal Sch. of Mines, 1st Class
in Mining, a Whitworth Scholar and Medallist,
and member of various technical and scientific
societies. He has occupied the following
positions : Mine manager, Kimberley D.M.



Co., 1890 ; chief engineer Kimberley Exhibition,
1 892 ; consulting engineer to the Geldenhuis
Est., Simmer and Jack, and East Rand Prop.
Cos., and is now consulting engineer to several
important Cos. on the East R,and, Coronation
and Heidelberg sections. In 1897 Mr. Griffiths
went to New Zealand, spending two years con-
verting dry crushing to wet crushing plants.
He was also chief engineer to the Auckland
Exhibition. During the S.A. War he went to
Rhodesia, resuming his practice in Johannesburg
on the declaration of peace. He was a member
of the Patents Committee of the Witwatersrand
Chamber of Mines ; has served on the Auckland
(N.Z.) and Rhodesian Chambers of Mines;
has written many scientific papers, and has
issued a map of the Coronation line of reef.
Mr. Griffiths formerly played for the London
Welsh F.C. ; was vice-capt. of the Sch. of
Mines Rowing Club, and captained the winning
pair and fours hi 1889. He married, in
1895, Florence Maud, second dau. of the late
E. Clements, C.E., R.N.

Munster Fusiliers, of Good Hope Farm, Middel-
burg, Transvaal, and the Savage, Alpine, New
Oxford and Camb. and Rand Clubs, is the son
of the late William Grogan, of 97, Queen's
Gate, South Kensington. He was born Dec.
12, 1874, at Eton Square, London, and was
educated at Winchester and Jesus Coll.,
Camb. Capt. Grogan fought as Gunner in
the second Matabele War and made the first
journey from the Cape to Cairo. During tliis
journey he discovered new species of antelope
and elephant, and shot 33 elephants and 13
lions. He was appointed on the Johannesburg
Town Council by Lord Milner in 1903. He
has"taken a leading part in the fight for the intro-
duction of Chinese labourers to work the Trans-
vaal Mines. He is now experimenting in agri-
culture in S.A., and is a Director of the African
Farms Co., Ltd. Capt. Grogan has travelled
much and studied economics of Australasia,
the South Seas, and N. and S. America. Be-
sides being an explorer and hunter, he is a writer
of some note, and has written a stirring account
of his journey through Africa, entitled " From
the Cape to Cairo," in collaboration with
Arthur H. Sharp (Hurst & Blackett).
He married, Oct. 11, 1900, Miss G. Watt, of
Napier, New Zealand.

GROVE, DANIEL, was born in Australia.
While travelling in E. Africa he intimated

to the Governor of Mozambique that he had
annexed a portion of the Province of Mozam-
bique which he desired should be recognized

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