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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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Palliser, John (1817–1887), geographer and explorer, was born on 29 January 1817, the eldest of five sons born to Wray Palliser (d. 1862) of Comragh, co. Waterford, sometime lieutenant-colonel of the Waterford militia, and Anne, daughter of John Gledstanes of Annesfift, co. Tipperary...

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Thomson, James [Diego] (1788–1854), evangelist and school promoter, was born in Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 1 September 1788, the youngest of three sons of William Thomson, school teacher in Creetown, and Janet Burnet. He studied theology in Glasgow, where he was exposed to the Scottish evangelical revival. He was particularly influenced by the preachers ...