Alexander Gordon Laing

1794 - 1826

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Major Alexander Gordon Laing (27 December 1794 – 26 September 1826) was a Scottish explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu, arriving there via the north-to-south route in August 1826. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Gordon Laing has received more than 73,314 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Alexander Gordon Laing is the 304th most popular explorer (down from 300th in 2019), the 2,573rd most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 37th most popular British Explorer.

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Among explorers, Alexander Gordon Laing ranks 304 out of 405Before her are Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, Gustav Adolf von Götzen, Theodor Kotschy, Isidore of Charax, Francisco de Ulloa, and Jean Louis Marie Poiret. After her are Annie Londonderry, Albert von Le Coq, Edward Bransfield, Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen, Nathaniel Palmer, and Hugh Clapperton.

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Among people born in 1794, Alexander Gordon Laing ranks 35Before her are Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen, Joseph Lebeau, Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Konstantin Thon, Achille Richard, and Antoine Bussy. After her are Leopold Zunz, Carl Joseph Begas, Gabriel Antonio Pereira, Achille Valenciennes, Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt, and Edward Robinson. Among people deceased in 1826, Alexander Gordon Laing ranks 38Before her are Pavel Pestel, Conrad Malte-Brun, Johann Heinrich Voss, Kondraty Ryleyev, Stanisław Staszic, and Christian Kramp. After her are John Farey Sr., Jacob Hübner, Nikolay Rumyantsev, Nicolas Fuss, and Iolo Morganwg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alexander Gordon Laing ranks 2,573 out of 6,924Before her are Samuel Frederick Gray (1766), Philip Catherine (1942), Josephine Butler (1828), Michael Gothard (1939), Stanley Baker (1928), and Vic Elford (1935). After her are John Wilkinson (1728), Iain Banks (1954), Paul Johnson (1928), Philip Jackson (1948), Christopher Hill (1912), and Julian Sands (1958).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Alexander Gordon Laing ranks 37Before her are Richard Chancellor (1521), John Byron (1723), John Biscoe (1794), Alexander Dalrymple (1737), Humphrey Gilbert (1539), and Luke Foxe (1586). After her are Hugh Clapperton (1788), John Gardner Wilkinson (1797), Frederick William Beechey (1796), Clements Markham (1830), John McDouall Stuart (1815), and Douglas Mawson (1882).