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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Legge, Colonel William Vincent

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Legge, Colonel William Vincent, F.L.S., formerly major and honorary lieut.-colonel in the Royal Artillery, is the son of Captain W. V. Legge, of Cullenswood, St. Mary's, Tasmania. He was appointed Commandant and Inspecting Field Officer of the Tasmanian Defence Force in Dec. 1883, which office he held until 1890. During a residence of nearly nine years in Ceylon he collected the materials for his splendid "History of the Birds of Ceylon" (London, 1880), the standard authority on the subject. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and also Fellow of the Zoological Society.

In appended Supplement, p. 534

Legge, Col. William Vincent (p. 273), is the only son of Robert Vincent Legge and Elizabeth Graves his wife, daughter of Captain John de Lapenotiere, R.N. He was born on Sept. 2nd, 1841, and married on Dec. 1st, 1867, Frances Anne Talbot, only daughter of Major W. Gray, of the 94th Regiment, and widow of Alick Thompson.