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Lucas, Sir Charles Prestwood (1853–1931), civil servant, historian, and geographer, was born at Glanyrafon, Crickhowell, Brecknockshire, on 7 August 1853. He was the fourth and youngest son of Henry John Lucas MD, of Glanyrafon and his wife, Elisabeth, daughter of George Bevan, vicar of ...

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Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas (1853–1931) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackinder, Sir Halford John (1861–1947), geographer and politician, was born at Elswitha Hall, Clask Gate Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, on 15 February 1861, the eldest among the six children of Draper Mackinder (1818–1912), medical doctor, and Fanny Anne (1831–1905), daughter of Halford Wotton Hewitt...

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Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861–1947) by Sir William Rothenstein © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rutter, John (1796–1851), topographer and local political agent, was born in Castle Street, Bristol, on 10 April 1796, the youngest of seven children of Thomas Rutter (1741–1800), a Quaker bellows and brushmaker, and Hester Farley (1750–1806). Orphaned in 1806 he was brought up as a Quaker by two elder sisters and apprenticed in 1811 to a linen draper in ...

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Seward, William Wenman (d. 1805/6), writer on Irish politics and topography, may have been born in Dublin. He entered King's Inns, Dublin, and was admitted as an attorney in May 1776. He practised in the Irish court of common pleas from an address in ...