Alexander Gordon Laing
(1794-1826)

Died aged 31

Major Alexander Gordon Laing (27 December 1794 – 26 September 1826) was a British explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu via the north/south route.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

To the memory of Major Alexander Gordon Laing 2nd. West India Regiment The explorer who, at the cost of his life, reached Timbuktu in 1826. Erected in his honour by The Royal African Society in 1963.

Gordon Laing House, Timbuktu, Mali where they stayed (1826)