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Arnold, Mary Anne (b. 1825), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Sheerness, Kent, and may have been the daughter of Lieutenant Arnold of the Royal Navy who served aboard the Ganges and Prince Regent men-of-war. According to a report in The Times following her detection in October 1839, an officer of the ...

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Cumming, (Felicity) Anne (1917–1993), writer and sexual adventurer, was born on 14 December 1917, at Thames Cottage, Thames Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the daughter of Howard Cumming (1885–1957), captain in the Royal Flying Corps, timber merchant, and later a company director, and his wife, ...

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(Felicity) Anne Cumming (1917–1993) by Denzil McNeelance, 1989 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley], margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth [other married name Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven] (1750–1828), travel writer and society hostess, was the youngest daughter of Augustus, fourth earl of Berkeley (1716–1755) and Elizabeth, countess of Berkeley (1719/20–1792), daughter of Henry Drax...

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Elizabeth, margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth (1750–1828) by George Romney, 1797 private collection; photograph © Christie's Images Ltd

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Gunn [née Fubister], Isabel [alias John Fubister] (1780–1861), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Orkney, on 1 August 1780, the daughter of John Fubister and Girzal Allan, and was baptized Isabel Fubister on 7 August in St Andrew's parish, Orkney. Few details are known about her life until she signed on with ...

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Pamela Beryl Harriman (1920–1997) by Diana H. Walker, 1977 Getty Images – Diana H. Walker

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Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist, was born on 20 March 1920 at Farnborough, Kent, the eldest of three daughters and oldest of the four children of Edward Kenelm Digby, eleventh Baron Digby...

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Denys George Finch- Hatton (1887–1931) by unknown photographer The Royal Library, Copenhagen

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Hatton, Denys George Finch- (1887–1931), settler in Kenya and lover of Karen Blixen, was born on 24 April 1887 at 22 Prince of Wales Terrace, Kensington, London, the younger son of Henry Stormont Finch-Hatton, thirteenth earl of Winchilsea (1852–1927) and Annie Jane (...

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Hay, Josslyn Victor, twenty-second earl of Erroll (1901–1941), colonist in Kenya and philanderer, was born on 11 May 1901 at 17 Hertford Street, Mayfair, the elder son of Victor Alexander Sereld Hay (1876–1928), then styled Lord Kilmarnock, who succeeded as twenty-first earl of Erroll...

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Hoffman, William (1867–1941), traveller and rogue, the son of William Hoffman, a surgical maker, was born in Bernburg, Anhalt, on 10 October 1867 but brought up in England from 1877. The explorer Henry Stanley met him in London in 1884 and employed him, despite his total inexperience, as his servant or valet. ...

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Lee Boo (c. 1764–1784) by Henry Kingsbury, pubd 1788 (after Georgiana Keate) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lee Boo (c. 1764–1784), first visitor to Britain from Palau, was the second son (possibly the adoptive son) of the ibedul or ruler of Palau (fl. 1764–1791), whose name is unknown. On 9 August 1783 on her return journey from China, the ...

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Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London