Charles Montagu Doughty (19 August, 1843 – 20 January, 1926) was a poet, adventurer, and writer from England. He is known for his book Travels in Arabia (1888), which was published in two volumes.
Fun Facts about Charles Montagu Doughty:
- Charles Montagu Doughty was born in Theberton Hall, Suffolk, England. His father was a reverend, and his mother was the daughter of a reverend, judge, and politician.
- Being of such a prominent family, the young Mr. Doughty went to private schools.
- Doughty traveled in Europe, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. He even attempted to make a pilgrimage to the hajj at Mecca, and got as far as Madāʾin Ṣāliḥ.
- During his travels he studied inscriptions and monuments built by the Nabataean civilization.
- Travels in Arabia had little influence when it was published. However, slowly but surely it became an example of excellent travel writing.
- T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, endorsement caused Travels in Arabia to be republished in the 1920s. Lawrence even wrote a new introduction to the book.
- The Dawn in Britain, an epic, six-volume, poem published in 1906 started a discussion on the inherent meaning of words.
- In 1886 Charles Montagu Doughty married Caroline Ameila, daughter of Sir William Montagu Scott McMurdo GCB, an English army general. The couple had three daughters.
- Charles Doughty-Wylie, a lieutenant colonel in the English Army and recipient of the Victoria Cross, was Mr. Doughty’s nephew. Rear Admiral Henry Montagu Doughty was his younger brother.
- The Royal Geographical Society awarded Mr. Doughty the Founder’s Gold Modeal for his writing, as well as travels.
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