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Robert Harrison

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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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Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925), politician, traveller, and viceroy of India, was born on 11 January 1859 at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, the second of the eleven children of the Revd Alfred Nathaniel Holden Curzon, fourth Baron Scarsdale (1831–1916), rector of ...

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Norman MacColl

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Dilke, Ashton Wentworth (1850–1883), traveller and politician, was born on 11 August 1850 in London, the younger son of Sir (Charles) Wentworth Dilke, first baronet (1810–1869), and Mary (d. 1853), the only daughter of Captain William Chatfield, Madras cavalry; his elder brother was ...

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G. B. Smith

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Forsyth, James (1838–1871), administrator and traveller in India, entered the civil service after receiving a university education in England and taking the degree of MA. He went to India as assistant conservator and acting conservator of forests. In a short time he was appointed settlement officer and deputy commissioner of ...

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Graham, Robert Bontine Cunninghame (1852–1936), traveller, author, and politician, was born at 5 Cadogan Place, London, on 24 May 1852, the eldest of the three sons of William Cunninghame Bontine (1825–1883), of Gartmore, Perthshire, and Ardoch, Dunbartonshire, a major in the Scots Greys...

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Guinness, Walter Edward, first Baron Moyne (1880–1944), politician and traveller, was born in Dublin on 29 March 1880 in the house, 80 St Stephen's Green, which was afterwards presented to the Irish nation by his brother in 1939 and housed the Irish department of external affairs...

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Aubrey Nigel Henry Molyneux Herbert (1880–1923) by unknown photographer, c. 1916 private collection

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Herbert, Aubrey Nigel Henry Molyneux (1880–1923), diplomatist and traveller, was born on 3 April 1880 at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, the son of Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831–1890), secretary of state for the colonies under Lord Derby (1866–7) and Disraeli...

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Herbert, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1606–1682), traveller and government official, was born in The Pavement, York, and baptized at the parish church of St Crux on 4 November 1606. He was the son and heir of Christopher Herbert (1583–1625) of York and Jane...

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Horsey, Sir Jerome (d. 1626), traveller to Russia and diplomat, was the son of William Horsey and Elinor, daughter of William Peryam. He entered the service of the Muscovy Company as an apprentice clerk in Russia in 1572 and lived there until 1585, being employed by the Russians as emissary to ...

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Jones, Jezreel (d. 1731), traveller and diplomatist, is of unknown parentage, though he is known to have had a brother, John, for whom he provided in his will. In 1698 he was elected clerk to the Royal Society. This was one of the few salaried positions at the ...

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Kinneir, Sir John Macdonald (1782–1830), army officer, traveller, and diplomatist, born at Carnden, Linlithgow, on 3 February 1782, was the illegitimate son of John Macdonald, comptroller of customs at Bo'ness, and Mrs Cecilia Maria Kinneir. In 1802 he was nominated to a cadetship by ...

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Charles Joseph La Trobe (1801–1875) by Thomas Woolner, c. 1853 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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La Trobe, Charles Joseph (1801–1875), colonial administrator and traveller, born in London on 20 March 1801, was the third son of Christian Ignatius La Trobe (1758–1836) and his wife, Hannah Sims (or Anna Syms), of Yorkshire. He received a Moravian education, with a view to following his father in the Moravian ministry, but abandoned this for teaching. In 1824 he became tutor to the son of the ...

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Lynch, Henry Finnis Blosse (1862–1913), traveller and politician, was born in London on 18 April 1862, the son of Thomas Kerr Lynch (1818–1891), traveller and businessman, and his wife, Harriet Sophia, née Taylor (1822–1886). On his father's side he was descended from a prominent Irish gentry family, of ...

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Margary, Augustus Raymond (1846–1875), traveller and consular official, third son of Henry Joshua Margary (d. 1876), major-general RE, and his wife, Louisa Jane, was born at Belgaum, Bombay Presidency, on 26 May 1846. He was educated in France, at Brighton College, and at ...

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Napier, Sir Nathaniel, second baronet (1636/7–1709), traveller and politician, was the first son of Sir Gerard Napier, first baronet (bap. 1606, d. 1673), of More Crichel, Dorset, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1660), daughter and coheir of John Colles of Barton Grange, Pitminster, Somerset...

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Oliphant, Laurence (1829–1888), diplomatist, traveller, and mystic, the only child of Sir Anthony Oliphant (1793–1859) and his wife, Maria (d. 1881), daughter of Colonel Campbell of the 72nd highlanders, was born at Cape Town. Thomas Oliphant, the musician, was his uncle.