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O. J. R. Howarth

revised by Mark Pottle

Alexander, Boyd (1873–1910), traveller and ornithologist, born at Willesley Place, Cranbrook, Kent, on 16 January 1873, was a twin son (with Robert Alexander) of Colonel Boyd Francis Alexander, of an Ayrshire family, and his wife, Mary Wilson. After education at Radley College...

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Cosmo Alexander (1724–1772) self-portrait, before 1745? Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Alexander, Cosmo (1724–1772), portrait painter and traveller, was born probably in Aberdeen, the son and pupil of the Aberdonian painter and engraver John Alexander (1686–c.1766), who had worked in Rome from 1711 to 1719, and his wife, Isobel Innes. John Alexander...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by Christine North

Arundell, Francis Vyvyan Jago (1780–1846), antiquary and traveller, was born at Launceston, Cornwall, in July 1780, the only son of Thomas Jago, a solicitor in that town, and his wife, Catherine, née Bolt, daughter of a surgeon at Launceston. He was educated at ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Janette Ryan

Baber, Edward Colborne (1843–1890), orientalist and traveller, was born at Dulwich, Kent, on 30 April 1843, the son of Edward Baber (1815–1901), headmaster of Dulwich College grammar school, and his wife, Mary Hayward Colborne (1818/19–1881). He was a great-nephew of ...

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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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Sir Samuel White Baker (1821–1893) by Maull & Co., 1860s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, Sir Samuel White (1821–1893), traveller and explorer in Africa, was born on 8 June 1821 in London, the second of the eight children of Samuel Baker (d. 1862) of Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire, and his first wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Dobson...

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William John Bankes (1786–1855) by Sir George Hayter, 1836 Kingston Lacy, The Bankes Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bankes, William John (1786–1855), traveller and antiquary, was born on 11 December 1786, second son of Henry Bankes (1757–1834) of Kingston Lacy, Dorset, politician and author, and his wife, Frances (1760/61–1823), daughter of William Woodley, governor of the Leeward Islands, and the elder brother of ...

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Basire, Isaac, de Preaumont (bap. 1608, d. 1676), Church of England clergyman and traveller, the son of Jean Basire, advocate and minor noble, and his wife, Judith le Macherier (d. 1626), was baptized at the Huguenot church in Rouen, France, in 1608. Little is known of his early years, but he was a student at the ...

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Alfred Goodwin

revised by Peter C. Mancall

Battel, Andrew (b. 1560s?, d. in or after 1613), traveller and trader, was probably born in Leigh, Essex; his parents are unknown. According to Samuel Purchas, a former neighbour in Essex, who published an account of his experiences, Battel sailed from Plymouth on 7 May 1589 on a voyage under the direction of ...

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Battye, Aubyn Bernard Rochfort Trevor- (1855–1922), traveller and naturalist, was born at Hever, Kent, on 17 July 1855, the second son in the family of two sons and three daughters of William Wilberforce Battye (1822–1890), rector of Hever, and his wife, Harriet Dorothea (1827–1904)...

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Charles Tilstone Beke (1800–1874) by Maull & Fox © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beke, Charles Tilstone (1800–1874), traveller and geographer, was born on 10 October 1800 at Stepney, London, the son of James Beke (1779–1853), architect, and his wife Susannah Hindle (1778–1864). The family had ancestral connections to Bekesbourne in Kent, where ...

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Robert Harrison

revised by Philip Carter

Bell, John (1691–1780), diplomatist and traveller, the son of Patrick Bell of Antermony, Stirlingshire, and Anabel Stirling of Craigbarnet, was born on his father's estate at Antermony. No details of his education are extant, but it is stated that, after obtaining the degree of doctor of medicine, he decided to visit foreign countries. He obtained letters of recommendation to ...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Neil Rennie

Benbow, John (1681?–1708), traveller, was the son of Vice-Admiral John Benbow (1653?–1702) and his wife, Martha (d. 1722). On 29 June 1695 he was appointed a volunteer on board HMS Northumberland. He did not remain long in the Royal Navy and in February 1701 sailed as fourth mate of the ...

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Bennelong (c. 1765–1813) by James Neagle, pubd 1798 by permission of the National Library of Australia / The Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK3946

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Bennelong (c. 1765–1813), Aboriginal visitor to England, belonged to the Wangal band of the Eora people, who lived on the southern shore of Port Jackson, between what is now central Sydney and Parramatta. He was sometimes called Wolarawaree and also Ogultroyee. Following the British settlement of January 1788 he was one of a number of local men who became well acquainted with the invaders. As ...