Encounters with Lions

Jan Hemsing’s book, Encounters with Lions (1994), contains a description of my Grandfather’s (the Rev. Robert Pickering Ashe) encounter with some lions in Africa, which he had written about, some 100 years earlier, in his own book Chronicles of Uganda (1894):

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A copy of the original poster was kindly provided by the Raleigh Company to the Venerable Francis John Ashe, grandson of the Rev. Robert Pickering Ashe:

Raleigh poster

The artist’s impression of the encounter, which can be found in Chronicles of Uganda, is somewhat different:

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The eventual fate of this first bicycle in Uganda is related in Twenty Five Years in East Africa by John Roscoe (1921):

R.P. Ashe bicycle fate