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Allardice, Robert Barclay [known as Captain Barclay] (1779–1854), pedestrian, was the son of Robert Barclay (1731–1797) of Ury, Kincardineshire, founder of the town of Stonehaven, who took the name of Allardice upon his marriage to Sarah Ann Allardice (d. 1833) in 1776. The marriage was dissolved in 1793, and ...

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Robert Barclay Allardice [Captain Barclay] (1779–1854) by Solomon? Williams, pubd 1809 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Timothy Bennett (1676/77–1756) by James Macardell, 1752 (after G. Budd) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Timothy (1676/7–1756), cordwainer and public access campaigner, is of obscure origins; details of his birth, family, and upbringing are unknown. On 19 July 1716, at All Hallows, London Wall, he married Katherine Magitt (1673/4–1749), of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey; the parish register—which also gives his wife's name as ...

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McMullen, Mary [called the Female Pedestrian] (b. 1763/4?), pedestrian, may have been born in Ireland about 1764. Very little is known about her background or life, except that in the 1820s she achieved, in various places in England, a number of impressive long-distance walking performances under conditions that were, at best, indifferent and sometimes actively hostile. Her most common event was ...

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Powell, Foster (bap. 1734, d. 1793), pedestrian, was baptized at Horseforth, near Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, on 12 December 1734, the son of William Powell (b. 1706?). Details of his education are unknown. In 1762 he travelled to London where he worked as a clerk to an attorney in the ...

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Foster Powell (bap. 1734, d. 1793) by Sylvester Harding, pubd 1788 private collection

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Tom Criddle Stephenson (1893–1987) by unknown photographer, early 1960s [on Barden Moor, Yorkshire dales] Ramblers' Association

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Stephenson, Tom Criddle (1893–1987), writer and promoter of rambling, was born on 12 February 1893 at 181 Pall Mall, Chorley, Lancashire, the first of the nine children of John Stephenson, an engraver of blocks for calico printing, and his wife, Annie Lewis Criddle...

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Taylor, Edmund Seyfang [pseud. Walker Miles] (1853–1908), walker and author of guidebooks, was born at 13 Lyndhurst Grove, Camberwell, London, on 27 August 1853, the eldest of three sons of Robert Edmund Taylor (1823–1897), a master printer who specialized in horticultural printing and was himself a keen gardener, and his wife, ...

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Thompson, Donald James [Don] (1933–2006), athlete, was born on 20 January 1933 at 6 Cleveland Road, Hillingdon, London, the son of Lauri James Thompson, aircraft draughtsman, and his wife, Doris Alice, née Denny. At the time of the registration of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Alfred Wainwright (1907–1991) by Nicholas A. Read © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wainwright, Alfred (1907–1991), walker and writer, was born on 17 January 1907 at 331 Audley Range, Blackburn, Lancashire, the fourth and last child of Albert Wainwright (b. 1870), a stonemason, and his wife, Emily, née Woodcock (1873–1942), daughter of an ironmonger. Although baptized ...

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Wathen, James (bap. 1752, d. 1828), artist and pedestrian, was baptized on 1 July 1752 in the parish church of All Saints, Hereford, the son of Thomas Wathen (d. 1779), a glover of the city, and his wife, Dorothy Taylor (d...

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George Wilson (b. 1764, d. in or after 1822) by G. Woodward, pubd 1815 [on 19 September 1815, on the ninth day of a 1000 mile walk lasting twenty days] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, George (b. 1764, d. in or after 1822), pedestrian, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of Robert Wilson and Mary Finlay. His father, an 'eminent shipbuilder' (Wilson, 1) whose business went bankrupt, died owing £200; his mother ran a pawnbroking business, supporting ...