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Burbidge, Frederick William Thomas (1847–1905), horticultural writer and explorer, was born at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, on 21 March 1847, the son of Thomas Burbidge, farmer and fruit grower, and his wife, Mary Spencer. He was educated at village schools and entered the gardens of the ...

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H. M. Chichester

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Clinton, Charles (1690–1773), surveyor and landowner, was born in Corbay, co. Longford, the grandson of an officer of Charles I's army who had settled in Ireland. He married Elizabeth Denniston (d. in or after 1773), who was of Scots-Irish descent, some time before the family left for ...

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Ludlow, Frank (1885–1972), traveller, was born at 24 Queens Road, Chelsea, London, on 10 August 1885, the son of Walter Ludlow, grocer, and his wife, Ellen Elizabeth, née Crouch. About 1890 the family moved to Dunster, Somerset, where his father was a freemason and churchwarden. ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Scoresby, William, senior (1760–1829), Arctic whaler and navigator, was the second child and elder son of eight children born to William Scoresby (1732–1816), a small farmer of Cropton, near Pickering, some 20 miles from Whitby, Yorkshire, and his first wife, Ann Harland (...

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Sherriff, George (1898–1967), explorer and plant collector, was born at Carronvale, Larbert, Stirlingshire, on 3 May 1898, the fourth son and youngest of the six children of George Sherriff, a businessman and noted amateur photographer, and his wife, Catharine, an ardent horticulturist, daughter of ...

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Francis Kingdon- Ward (1885–1958) by E. M. Gregson, 1952 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Ward, Francis [Frank] Kingdon- (1885–1958), plant collector and explorer, was born in Manchester on 6 November 1885, younger surviving child and only son of Harry Marshall Ward (1854–1906), lecturer in botany, and Selina Mary (d. 1922), daughter of Francis Kingdon of Exeter...