William Gill – Explorer and Spy

Captain William Gill unexpectedly inherited a fortune and spent it on exploration and intelligence missions for the government of Queen Victoria. He travelled in Persia, China, Tibet, Turkey, Romania, Libya and Egypt.

Gill had an international reputation as an explorer and won the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. He was also honoured by the French.

Still in his thirties, he was murdered whilst working undercover in Egypt. This 90-page A4 format book, full of illustrations, was written by one of Captain Gill’s great-great nephews. It tells Gill’s remarkable life story and contains many extracts from his remarkable travel diaries.

William Gill book cover

The book is currently out of print but can be downloaded in PDF format free of charge here.