Denys Finch Hatton

Deceased Person

The Hon. Denys George Finch Hatton (24 April 1887 – 14 May 1931) was an aristocratic big-game hunter and the lover of Baroness Karen Blixen (also known by her pen name as Isak Dinesen), a Danish noblewoman who wrote about him in her autobiographical book Out of Africa, first published in 1937. In the book, his name is hyphenated: "Finch-Hatton". Finch Hatton was the second son and third child of The 13th Earl of Winchilsea, by his wife, the former Anne "Nan" Codrington, daughter of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Codrington. He was educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford. At Eton, he was Captain of the cricket Eleven, Keeper of the Field and the Wall (two major sports played at Eton), President of the Prefects Society called Pop, and Secretary of the Music Society. In 1910, after a trip to South Africa, he traveled to British East Africa and bought some land on the western side of the Great Rift Valley near what is now Eldoret. He turned over the investment to a partner and spent his time hunting. In Kenya, Finch Hatton was a close friend of The Hon. Berkeley Cole (1882-1925), an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, born into a prominent Ulster family, who had also settled in the colony.  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Guy Montagu George Finch-Hatton 14th Earl of Winchilsea


Institution From To
Brasenose College, Oxford
Eton College


Date of death

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