TITLE

Major tribute

PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Mail on Sunday;5/ 8/2011, p93
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Osama Bin Laden's adopted town of Abbottabad in Pakistan must have some fond collective memories of its founder to have kept his name. That man, Major James Abbott, a deputy commissioner, was there in the mid-19th Century, during the years of British rule. At the end of his time there, he wrote an affectionate poem, Abbottabad, which concluded: 'Oh Abbottabad! We are leaving you now, To your natural beauty do I bow.' It is not the most accomplished poem but it is heartfelt. The town's population must have thought kindly of him, too - it's difficult to think of any other British name that would survive so prominently in that fractious region.
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