Denys Finch Hatton

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.

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Date of birth
April 24th, 1887
Date of death
May 14th, 1931 at age of 44




1. Brasenose College, Oxford Colleges/University

Brasenose College, originally Brazen Nose College (in full: The King's Hall and College of Brasenose, often referred to by the abbreviation BNC), is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. As of 2006, it has an estimated financial endowment of £98m. Brasenose is home to one of the oldest boat clubs in the world, Brasenose College Boat Club.

2013. 105 mil. £
Institution colors
Radcliffe Square, OX1 4AJ - Oxford, Oxfordshire
2011. 364
2011. 205
Local tuition
2014. 7.5 K £
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People attended Brasenose College, Oxford connected by profession and/or age

b. 1891., Olympic athlete
b. 1890., Olympic athlete
b. 1887., Mechanical engineer
b. 1883., Military Person
b. 1887., Religious Leader
b. 1861., Politician
b. 1963., Environmentalist
b. 1636., Writer

2. Eton College Independent school

Eton College, usually referred to as Eton, is a British independent boarding school for boys aged 13 to 18. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as "The King's College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor".

Type University
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SL4 6DW - Windsor, Berkshire
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People attended Eton College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1883., Military Person
b. 1883., Economist
b. 1884., Politician
b. 1888., Writer
b. 1890., Military Person
b. 1886., Olympic athlete
b. 1885., Military Person

As movie subject

Title Year Other subjects Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers External resources
Out of Africa
East Africa Protectorate
Marriage of convenience
USD 31M 18
Kurt Luedtke


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