RANDOLPH VIGNE, historian and Huguenot scholar

: The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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131pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, London, 2019


A collection of tributes and recollections in honour of Randolph Vigne (1928-2016).

Contributions include:

"Randolph Vigne: a just and compassionate liberal" by Michael Cardo

"The Van Riebeeck Society and The French Boy" by Elizabeth van Heyningen

"Remembering Randolph" by Sandy Shell

"The New African" by James Currey

"Randolph and Namibian History" by Chris Saunders.

South African anti-apartheid activist Randolph Vigne was a member of the Liberal Party of South Africa, a member of the Pan-Africanist Congress, a founding member of the underground National Committee for Liberation, later renamed the African Resistance Movement (ARM), and co-founder of the journal New African. In 1964 he escaped to Canada with the help of James Currey after his involvement in a sabotage campaign was uncovered by the police. He settled in England, where he founded the Namibia Support Committee. He also worked closely with Canon L John Collins of the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF). He returned to South Africa in 1990 and in 2010 was a recipient of the Order of Luthuli in Silver. His publications include Guillaume Chenu de Chalezac, the ‘French boy’ at the Cape of Good Hope; Liberals Against Apartheid: The history of the Liberal Party of South Africa and The South African Letters of Thomas Pringle.