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Browne, Maurice (1555/6–1583), adventurer and courtier, was the fourth son of John Browne, merchant, of London, and his third wife, Christian, daughter of William Carkett of London. He was thirteen at the time of the visitation of London in 1568. John Browne died in September 1570, leaving ...

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Greenup [née Ballard; other married name English], Mary Courthope (1789–1846), adventurer and businesswoman in Colombia, was born in Faversham, Kent, on 22 March 1789, the second daughter in the family of three daughters and three sons of Joseph Ballard, a dock worker who later died a pauper in an asylum, and his wife, ...

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Hedges, Frederick Albert Mitchell- (1882–1959), adventurer and travel writer, was born in Barnsbury, Islington, London, on 22 October 1882, the eldest of four children of John Hedges (1847–1934), a dealer in precious metals and jewellery from Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Julia Alice (...

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Herbert [Harbert], William (1583?–1628), poet and adventurer, was born in Glamorgan, the son of Nicholas Herbert (1543–1601), writer, pirate, merchant, and public official, and either his first wife, Mary Morgan, or his second wife, Catherine or Jennett Herbert (née Edward). He attended ...

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Gregor MacGregor (1786–1845) by Samuel William Reynolds senior (after Simon Jacques Rochard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacGregor, Gregor (1786–1845), soldier and adventurer, was the grandson of Gregor MacGregor Drummond who had enlisted in the forerunner of the Black Watch (then Sempill's Highlanders), served abroad with distinction, and been instrumental in obtaining the repeal of legislation which had outlawed the clan ...

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Rich, Richard (fl. 1610), adventurer and author, has been linked to various members of the illustrious Rich family. He was possibly a younger son of Edward Rich of Horndon, or a brother of Robert Rich (d. c.1646), master in chancery, or the third son of ...