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 The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.

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PostSubject: The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.   Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:32 pm

I think I’ve got it, by George I think I’ve got.

Rather than post this in the other posting I thought it worthy of its own post.

The map appears in Isandhlwana, 22nd January, 1879.  A Narrative, Compiled from Official and Reliable Sources. published in London in 1879 by P. S. King, Parliamentary Bookseller, of Canada Buildings, King Street, Westminster, S. W.  The author of the work is Lieut.-Col. Edward Durnford.

Much of the map is as it appeared in 1880 in The South Africa Campaign of 1879, but there are some obvious differences in the text.

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Note the additional text below the words ‘reinforced & retired’ that does not appear in Mac’ & Shad’.  Also note the variation in the line there is no additional block ‘N.N. Horse’ as appears in Mac’ & Shad’.  In 1879 the phrase ‘Md. Natives’ is used in the line rather than ‘N.N. Horse’ as the 1880 version.  1879 version has additional text such as ‘Head Quarters’ and ‘Hospital’.

There are other variations between the maps.  The original is already fragile so I am loath to ask for it to be scanned.

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PostSubject: Re: The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.   Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:15 pm

Hi

Interestingly part of the NNMC retire around the back of Isandlwana. In most versions, they retire down the spur with Mos & Cavaye.

I read something somewhere, on the internet (within the last couple of days) that, some of the NNMC went (back) around the hill to start their recon of the plateau.

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PostSubject: Re: The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.   Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:30 pm

Excellent John - extremely rare and I would guess probably not seen before by most people (including me). It is certainly the same map which we now have in Mac and Shad, Hallam Parr, Edward Durnford and The Royal Engineers Journal (all with slightly different labelling or typeface). At the moment, I am speculating that the RE Journal published in June 1879 is the earliest appearance, but I do not know the month of issue of ED's Narrative. Both are certainly earlier than Hallam Parr and Mack and Shad. I don't think ED was the map maker, but do think his research is generally beyond reproach. So who was the source? - we are getting tantalisingly close. Finally, and it may just be fanciful, but I do wonder about ED's use of the word "Narrative" in this obscure title which of course was also used as the title to the official history when it was published in 1881. Not a word I would normally associate with an official history. Edward of course fought long and hard to get that official history changed as it relates to Anthony's "orders" - something I believe he achieved in terms of convincing the army, but not of course the politicians (who saw no mileage in it by the 1890's).  

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PostSubject: Re: The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.   Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:25 pm

Steve,

Edward’s introduction is dated 17th April 1879, so it is feasible his work pre-dates the R.E. Journal.

I agree Edward cannot be the original draughtsman for map, as he was in the U.K. I strongly suspect the map was drawn by an officer of the Royal Engineers, which doesn’t give us too many suspects to examine - just over a handful were in the region at the time.

Sadly due to the binding of the Edward Durnford pamphlet not all of the text is visible, so it cannot established if the map bears a signature.

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PostSubject: Re: The source of the MacKinnon & Shadbolt map discovered.   Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:25 pm

Here's another twist in the tale. If I didn't know better date wise, I would have said that this is a very strong contender for the source map (or part of it). But Marter did not complete his sketch until 21 May 1879, which is too late for Durnford's pamphlet (unless of course it got inserted after he had written the foreword). This is on the KDG website, but is it really Marter's I wonder?
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