From Enniskillen to Nairobi: The Coles in British East Africa
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This chapter explores an early twentieth-century connection from Ireland to British East Africa in an account of Florence, Galbraith and Berkeley Cole—all children of the fourth Earl of Enniskillen—who settled in the protectorate during the years leading up to its designation as the crown colony of Kenya in 1920. Their lives are traced here through their family correspondence, and also through the works of several of Kenya’s literary memoirists, including Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Elspeth Huxley and Llewelyn Powys. From these sources, the experiences of the Cole siblings emerge to illuminate the convoluted and sometimes ironic position of Ulster’s aristocrat white settlers in eastern Africa’s formative imperial landscape.