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Atkinson, Edward Leicester (1881–1929), naval medical officer and explorer in Antarctica, was born on 23 November 1881 at Sion Hill, St Vincent, Windward Islands, West Indies, the third of eight children and the second and sole surviving son of Edward Leycester Atkinson, then an accountant at the ...

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Stanley Lane-Poole

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Baikie, William Balfour (1825–1864), traveller and surgeon, eldest son of Captain John Baikie RN, was born in Kirkwall, Orkney, on 27 August 1825 and educated privately and at the grammar school there. After taking his degree in medicine at Edinburgh, he entered the ...

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Browne, Edward (1644–1708), physician and traveller, was born in Norwich, the eldest of the eleven children of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682), physician and author, and his wife, Dorothy Mileham (1621–1685). He was educated at Norwich grammar school and in 1657 was admitted a pensioner at ...

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Connor [formerly O'Connor], Bernard (c. 1666–1698), physician and writer on Poland, the son of Bernard O'Connor, born in co. Kerry, Ireland, was descended from the O'Connor Kerry family, lords of Kerry. As a Roman Catholic, he was prohibited from attending school or university, and was therefore taught privately by tutors. Of his life in ...

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Coxe, Daniel (1640–1730), physician, natural philosopher, and colonial adventurer, was the son of Daniel Coxe (d. 1686), gentleman, of Stoke Newington, Middlesex. He matriculated at Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1659, becoming a scholar in 1661. Coxe first came to the fore in the mid-1660s as an associate of ...

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Cuningham, William (c. 1531–1586), physician and cartographer, was probably born in Norfolk. He was admitted pensioner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1548, matriculated three years later, and graduated MB in 1557. Cuningham also travelled on the continent, possibly in connection with Mary Tudor's...

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Cunningham, Peter Miller (1789–1864), naval surgeon and pioneer in Australia, fifth and youngest son of John Cunningham (1743–1800) of Dalswinton, near Dumfries, land steward and farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Harley, the daughter of a Dumfries merchant, was born at Dalswinton in November 1789. He was brother of ...

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Elizabeth Davis (1789–1860) by unknown engraver, pubd 1857 (after Messrs Day) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davis [née Cadwaladr], Elizabeth [Betsy] (1789–1860), traveller and nurse, was born on 24 May 1789 at Penrhiw near Bala, Merioneth, the fifth child of Dafydd Cadwaladr (1752–1834), smallholder and Methodist preacher, and his wife, Judith (d. 1800), née Humphreys, the daughter of a ...

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Dover, Thomas (bap. 1662, d. 1742), physician and privateer, was baptized on 6 May 1662 at Barton on the Heath, Warwickshire, the third son of John Dover (bap. 1614, d. 1696), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Vade. Thomas was grandson of ...

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William Dunlop (1792–1848) by Daniel Maclise, 1833 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dunlop, William [pseud. a Backwoodsman] (1792–1848), surgeon and pioneer in Canada, was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 19 November 1792, the youngest of the three sons of Alexander Dunlop (1766–1840), banker, of Keppoch House, Dunbartonshire, and his wife, Janet Graham (1769–1795). The temperance pioneer ...

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Gerard, James Gilbert (1793–1835), East India Company military surgeon and surveyor, son of Gilbert Gerard, DD (1760–1815) and his wife, Helen, daughter of John Duncan, provost of Aberdeen, and brother of Alexander Gerard and Patrick Gerard, was born in the parish of Old Machar, Aberdeenshire...

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Hamond, Walter (d. 1648), surgeon and writer on Madagascar, whose origins are unknown, was apprenticed to Arthur Doughton in the Barber–Surgeons' Company of London, and made free in 1616. His translation of Ambroise Paré's treatise of 1551 as Method of Treating Wounds Made by Arquebuses and other Firearms...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Ives, Edward (1719–1786), naval surgeon and traveller, was born in Lymington, Hampshire, on 9 February 1719; of his early life little is known save that he had at least one sister, Gatty. He served in the navy as surgeon of the Dragon initially in the ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Kingsley, George Henry (1826–1892), physician and traveller, the fourth of the five children of the Revd Charles Kingsley (1781–1860) of Battramsley House in the New Forest, and his wife, Mary (1787–1873), daughter of Nathan Lucas, was born at Barnack rectory, Barnack, Northamptonshire, on 14 February 1826. ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Leared, Arthur (1822–1879), physician and traveller, born at Wexford, Ireland, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA, 1845; MB, 1847; MD, 1860), and was admitted MD ad eundem at Oxford on 7 February 1861. He first practised in co. Wexford, and in 1852 he established himself as a physician in ...

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Lefevre, Sir George William (1798–1846), physician and traveller, was born at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. He is known to have had two brothers, but nothing more is known of his family background. After apprenticeship to a medical practitioner in Shropshire, he studied medicine at Edinburgh University...

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Raymond Priestley

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Levick, (George) Murray (1876–1956), surgeon and explorer, was born at 12 Whitworth Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 3 July 1876, the son of George Levick, a civil engineer, and his wife, Jeannie Sowerby. Ruby Winifred Levick (1871/2–1940) was his sister. He was educated at ...

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Kate Marsden (1859–1931) by unknown photographer, in or before 1893 [on a sledge, travelling in Siberia] The Royal Geographical Society, London