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Robert Sutherland Rattray, CBE was an early Africanist and a student of the Ashantis. He was a Scottish born in Bengal, India on September 5, 1881.

In 1906, he started working for the Customs Service in the then Gold Coast (now Ghana). He was appointed the assistant District Commissioner at Ejura in 1911. He took the opportunity to learn the local languages. Soon he became the head of the Anthropological Department of Asante in 1921, where he retired after nine years. He published a good number of books on the Ashantis. Some of the books he published are: Ashanti (1923); Religion and Art in Ashanti (1927); The Tribes of the Ashanti Hinterland (1932); Ashanti Law and Constitution (1929). He also wrote on the popular game, Oware, as well as Ashanti gold weights.

He was killed while flying a glider. He died at Farmoor, Cumnor, United Kingdom on May 4, 1938.