Olive MacLeod was the younger daughter of Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod andhis wife Lady Agnes Northcote. Between August 1910 and May 1911 she undertooka journey through Central Africa in the company of Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Talbotwhich she later described in her book Chiefs andcities of Central Africa: across Lake Chad by way of British, French and GermanTerritories (Edinburgh, London; W. Blackwood and sons; 1912), illustratedwith many of the photographs found in this collection. Percy Talbot was adistrict commissioner in southern Nigeria and a fellow of the Zoological andAnthropological Societies. Mrs. Talbot was a keen and experienced botanist.
In 1912 Olive MacLeod married Charles Lindsay Temple CMG. He was theyoungest son of Sir Richard Temple 1st Bt., and his second wife Mary Lindsay.He spent his early career in Brazil before becoming Resident of NorthernNigeria in 1901. He was appointed Chief Secretary of Northern Nigeria in 1910and Lieutenant-Governor in 1914. He retired in 1917 due to ill-health. Some ofthe sketches in this collection were used to illustrate his book Native Races and their Rulers: Sketches and Studies ofOfficial Life and Administrative Problems in Nigeria (London, Cape Town;Argus Printing & Publishing Co. ltd., Way & Co., ltd.; 1918). He diedin 1929 and his wife in 1936.