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See Barlow [Finch], William

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Binney, Sir (Frederick) George (1900–1972), explorer and blockade runner, was born on 23 September 1900 at Great Bookham, Surrey, the second of two sons of Maximilian Frederick Breffit Binney (1859–1936), vicar of Richmond, Surrey, and his first wife, Emily Blinkhorn, who died when ...

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Blome, Richard (bap. 1635?, d. 1705), cartographer and bookseller, may have been the son of Jacob Blome and his wife, Mary, baptized at St Ann Blackfriars, London, on 10 July 1635, especially if this Jacob was the bookseller of Knightrider Street of that name. Beginning his career as a heraldic painter, developing an expertise in arms-painting for funerals and other solemn occasions, ...

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Booth, Sir Felix, first baronet (1780–1850), distiller and promoter of Arctic exploration, was born on 3 June 1780, the youngest son of Philip Booth, a distiller of 55 Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, London, and his wife, Elizabeth Wallis, who had in all three sons and three daughters. ...

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Frederick Russell Burnham (1861–1947) by Elliott & Fry, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burnham, Frederick Russell (1861–1947), scout and prospector, was born on 11 May 1861 in Tivoli, Minnesota, the elder son of Edwin Otway Burnham (d. 1873), Congregational minister and missionary, and his wife, Rebecca, née Russell, both of English descent. The family moved to ...

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Cadell, Francis (1822–1879), riverine explorer and trader in Australia, was born on 9 February 1822 at Cockenzie, near Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, the second son of Hew Francis Cadell, a mine owner and shipbuilder. After education in Edinburgh and at Cuxhaven in Germany...

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Francis Cadell (1822–1879) by unknown photographer La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria

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See Radisson, Pierre-Esprit [called Oninga]

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Dillon, Peter (1788–1847), adventurer in the south seas, was born on 15 June 1788 on Martinique, the son of an Irishman, Peter Dillon, probably a soldier stationed on the island. About 1806 Dillon appears to have sailed for Calcutta and he later traded sandalwood between the ...

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Elton, John (d. 1751), merchant and adventurer, is of unknown origins. He arrived in Russia in 1732 to present to the Russian government a memorandum for finding a northern sea passage to Japan. In 1735 the Russian government sent him with an official expedition, with ...

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Fraser, Simon (1776–1862), explorer and fur trader, was born on 20 May 1776 at Mapletown, Hoosic township, New York, the youngest of the ten children of Simon Fraser (1725?–1779?) of Culbokie and Guisachan (a cadet branch of the highland Frasers of Lovat), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Hargraves, Edward Hammond (1816–1891), gold prospector in Australia, the third son of John Edward Hargraves, a lieutenant of the Sussex militia, and his wife, Elizabeth Whitcombe, was born at Stoke Cottage, Gosport, Hampshire, on 7 October 1816. His schooling was at Brighton and ...

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Hearne, Samuel (1745–1792), explorer and fur trader, was born 'close to London bridge' (Speck, Samuel Hearne), the only son of Samuel Hearne (1707/8–1748) and Diana Hearne, and younger brother to Sarah. His father was managing engineer of the London Bridge waterworks...

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Horrocks, John (1768–1804), cotton spinner and manufacturer, was born on 27 March 1768 at Bradshaw Hall Farm, Bradshaw, near Bolton, one of five surviving children of John Horrocks (d. 1816), stone-quarry proprietor, and his wife, Jane, daughter of John Booth. At an early age ...

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Humble, George (d. 1640), map- and printseller, dominated the map trade in the first forty years of the seventeenth century and died a very rich man. According to R. A. Skelton he was the son of the London stationer and bookseller Thomas Humble...

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Kelsey, Henry (c. 1667–1724), explorer in Canada and Hudson's Bay Company official, is of uncertain origins, although he may have been the son of John Kelsey, mariner, of East Greenwich, Kent, a location with which Henry Kelsey is known to have been associated. He enters the historical record on 15 March 1684, when he apprenticed to the ...

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Matonabbee (1736/7–1782/3), fur trader and explorer, was born near Churchill Fort, in what is now Churchill, Manitoba, the son of Chipewyan parents; his father was a hunter for the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). His mother and father had met on the west coast of ...

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Molyneux, Emery (d. 1598), maker of globes and ordnance, came, according to Petruccio Ubaldini, who knew him, 'of obscure and humble family background' (Crinò and Wallis, 14) and was probably the Emery Molynox who was presented as William Cooke's apprentice to the ...