The promient location of this monument on a hill just outside the centre of Truro, does mean that it can be rather windy here! So we would suggest leaving either a Cornish-theme painted stone, or a potted plant (in a terracota pot, for stability) of lavender or rosemary here, to commemorate Richard Lander's eventful life. 

Richard Lander


Richard Lander, born in Truro, was destined for adventure: he went to sea for the first time at the age of just 11, travelling to the Carribean and Africa, before returning to the UK. 

Between 1825-28, he was part of an expedition to travel down the Niger, frm which he was the sole European survivor.  Upon his return to the UK, he published an account of his adventures, which made him famous, and he obtained funds from the British government for another expedition.  This second trip to Africa in 1830 was in the company of his brother, John, and was very successful; they aimed to set up trading-posts along the River Niger and to disrupt the slave-trade in the area; again, the brothers returned in triumph and were paid to publish an account of their adventures. 

Sadly, Richard's last trip to Africa, begun in 1833, ended with his death: there was a clash with locals during which fire was exchanged and Richard died a few days later at the age of 30, on the island of Fernando Po, off the coast of Cameroon.  He is buried there, but a monument was raised in Truro to commemorate him and his brother.  It is carved by Neville Northey Burnard.