Thomson - Dumfriesshire’s African Explorer

William Williamson (who plays the part of Dumfriesshires African explorer Joseph Thomson) and Maasai.
William Williamson (who plays the part of Dumfriesshires African explorer Joseph Thomson) and Maasai.

The amazing story of Joseph Thomson, Dumfriesshire’s African explorer, is brought to life in a fascinating play about his adventures.

Born in Penpont in 1858, Thomson discovered many previously uncharted parts of Africa. His talents as a naturalist were reflected in the naming of the Thomson Gazelle after him.

He had a genuine love for Africa and its peoples and was proud that in all his Africa expeditions not one of his men or any natives met with bloodshed - although this was severely put to the test when dealing with the ferocious Maasai tribe in Kenya.

The tale is told through narration, drama and live music by four performers; astonishingly the part of Thomson is played by one of his direct descendants, William Williamson.

See this captivating drama on June 1 at Penpont Keir and Tyron Parish Church, Penpont or at the Ewart Library, Dumfries on June 2. Tickets £10 from www.dgboxoffice.co.uk.