Ernest Saltmarshe was a member of the large Alexander Syndicate, headed by Theophilus Shepstone Jnr. He attended the first meeting of Europeans at Mbekelweni on 16 May 1887 (Jones, 1993). In about 1890 he collected plants in the neighbourhood of Bulembu, in the north-western part of Swaziland, a region then known as the Havelock Concession. His specimens were incorporated in the herbarium of Ernest E. Galpin*, now in the National Herbarium in Pretoria, and in the Compton Herbarium in Cape Town. He was only the second person (after Galpin) known to have collected plants in Swaziland. The species Ornithogalum saltmarshei was named after him.