Sir Henry Rider Haggard
He was educated in England and went off, in 1875, to serve as secretary to the Governor of Natal. A few years later he became Registrar of the High Court in the Transvaal— a region which was later to form a large part of the Union of South Africa.
He returned to England for a period and married, in 1880, Mariana Louisa Margitson. They went back to the Transvaal, but finally left there and returned to England when it became clear that "independence" was coming to South Africa. In England, he trained and became a barrister, but did not do much work as one.
His main interests were in running his estate, agriculture generally, and writing. He travelled widely around England and wrote extensively about farming and the development of the land, especially with regard to social conditions. But his popularity with the public came with the publication, in 1886, of King Solomon's Mines and many others, of a similar ilk, which followed it.
He was knighted in 1912 for services to the development of agriculture, and made a KBE in 1919.
He died in London on 14th May 1925 aged 69.
King Solomon's Mines
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