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Coxwell, Henry Tracey [pseud. Henry Wells] (1819–1900), balloonist, was the youngest son of Commander Joseph Coxwell of the Royal Navy (1774?–1832) and of Ann Godfry (probably née Reeves) and was the grandson of the Revd Charles Coxwell of Ablington House, Gloucestershire. He was born at the parsonage at ...

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James Burnley

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Gale, George Burcher (1794–1850), balloonist, is believed to have been born at Fulham in May 1794. Originally an actor in small parts in London minor theatres, he became a great favourite of the theatre proprietor Andrew Ducrow. In 1831 he went to America...

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Charles Green (1785–1870) by Hilaire Ledru, 1835 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. C. Boase

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Green, Charles (1785–1870), balloonist, son of Thomas Green, fruiterer, of Willow Walk, Goswell Street, London, who died in May 1850, aged eighty-eight, was born at 92 Goswell Road, London, on 31 January 1785. He may have been the Charles Green, son of Thomas Green...

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Vincenzo Lunardi (1759–1806) by Francesco Bartolozzi, pubd 1784 (after Richard Cosway) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lunardi, Vincenzo (1759–1806), balloonist, was born at Lucca, Tuscany, on 11 January 1759, and passed his early years in the East Indies before becoming, through the patronage of his guardian, Chevalier Gherado Compangi, secretary to the Neapolitan ambassador to the Court of St James...

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Leonard Darwin

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Money, John (1739/40–1817), military theorist and balloonist, of whose parents nothing is known, began his military career in the Norfolk militia in 1760. He served in Germany as a volunteer with the 15th light dragoons in 1761 and was at the battle of ...

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Sadler, James (bap. 1753, d. 1828), balloonist and chemist, was born in Oxford and baptized there on 27 February 1753. He was the elder son of James Sadler (1718–1791), cook and confectioner of (now 84) High Street, and his wife, Elizabeth (1718–1802), probably ...

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James Sadler (bap. 1753, d. 1828) by unknown artist, c. 1820 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sadler, (William) Windham (1796–1824), balloonist and gas engineer, was born on 17 October 1796 at 10 Stafford Row, Pimlico, London, the fourth, but second surviving, son of James Sadler (bap. 1753, d. 1828), first English-born aeronaut, and his second wife, Martha Hancock. William...