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Name: RAYNES, Maitland Ambrose Trevelyan

Nee: son of Thomas Raynes

Birth Date: 27 July 1879 Falmouth

First Date: 1908

Profession: Editor

Area: Nairobi

Book Reference: Playne, Advertiser, Drumkey

School: Lancing, Felsted, Keble Coll. Oxford

General Information:

Playne - 'The Leader' - founded on the remains of the fallen 'Star', was the project of Mr Thomas Raynes, a prominent citizen of the Nairobi community, who acquired the whole of the essential stock and machinery of the defunct journal. The first intention of that gentleman was to send to England for a capable editor; but at the psychological moment he was informed of the arrival at Mombasa of Mr Alexander Davis, and experienced South African journalist and the editor-in-chief of the 'African Review' of London. A correspondence ensued, resulting in the engagement of Mr Davis as managing editor. Mr Davis brought out the first number of the 'Leader' on May 23, 1908, and the journal instantly enjoyed public favour. The enterprise was formed into a company, under the title of the Caxton Printing and Publishing Company Ltd., with Mr Thomas Raynes as managing director; Messrs Stephen Ellis, Dr. Hannigan, D. Cooper, and H. Howitt, directors; and Mr S.C. Fischat, secretary. Later Mr A. Raynes joined the firm as business manager.
Advertiser - 30/7/1909 - Mr Ambrose Raynes, late of the 'Leader' left for England.
Drumkey has M.A. Raynes, Nairobi, 1909
Went to New York. 1914-15 on staff of New International Encyclopedia, from 1914 foreign editor of the Literary Digest
Naturalised US citizen 1921
Was on Inter-Allied Rhineland Commission 

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