1873 Born in Edinburgh.
1893-1910 South African War, Somalia Campaign, Explorer in East Africa. Military Consul in Van, Turkey, Border Commission Chile & Argentina.
1910 Qualifies as pilot at Farman’s Flying School in France. First pilot to vol plane (glide). Winner of first Schneider Trophy. Runner up world altitude record. Resigns commission and joins British & Colonial Aeroplane Company. First military reconnaissance flight. Injured in flying accident in Malta.
1911-13 Campaigns for military airpower.
1913 Dies at Lochrosque Castle, Scotland from effects of injuries.