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Browne, Sir Stewart Gore- (1883–1967), settler and politician in Northern Rhodesia, was born in London on 3 May 1883, the elder son of the barrister Sir Francis Gore-Browne (1860–1922), and his wife, Helenor (b. 1858), elder daughter of John Archibald Shaw-Stewart. His grandfather ...

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George Calvert, first Baron Baltimore (1579/8080–1632) by Daniel Mytens, 1627 © reserved

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Calvert, George, first Baron Baltimore (1579/80–1632), courtier and colonist in America, was born in Kiplin in Catterick parish, Yorkshire, the son of Leonard Calvert (b. c.1550) and Alica Crosland (d. early 1580s). He was descended from a Roman Catholic family that had been in ...

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Caswell, Richard (1729–1789), surveyor and politician in America, was born on 3 August 1729 at Mulberry Point, a plantation overlooking Chesapeake Bay, near Joppa, Baltimore county, Maryland, the son of Richard Caswell, merchant and public official, and Christian Dallam (b. c.1690)...

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Hugh Cholmondeley, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931) by unknown artist, 1923 © reserved

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Cholmondeley, Hugh, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931), settler in Kenya and politician, was born in London on 28 April 1870, the only son of Hugh Cholmondeley, second Baron Delamere (1811–1887), and his second wife, Augusta Emily (d. 1911), eldest daughter of Sir George Hamilton Seymour...

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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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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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Elias, Ney (1844–1897), explorer and diplomatist, was born at Widmore, Kent, on 10 February 1844, the second son of Ney Elias (d. 1891) of Kensington and his wife, Sophia, both from established Jewish merchant families. Elias and his four brothers and two sisters were brought up as Christians after their parents converted from Judaism. He was educated in ...

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Eyre, Edward John (1815–1901), explorer and colonial governor, was born at Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, on 5 August 1815, the third son of Anthony William Eyre, curate of Whipsnade and later vicar of Hornsea and Long Riston in Yorkshire, and his wife, Sarah Mapleton, the daughter of a doctor in ...

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Edward John Eyre (1815–1901) by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fenwick, George (c. 1603–1657), colonist in America, army officer, and politician, was the son of George Fenwick of Brinkburn, Northumberland, a country squire, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of John Forster of Newham. He matriculated at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1619, was called to the bar at ...

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Forrest, John, first Baron Forrest (1847–1918), explorer and politician in Australia, third son of the ten children born to William Forrest (1819–1899), farmer and millwright, of Preston Point, near Bunbury, Western Australia (who had migrated from Stonehaven, Kincardineshire), and his wife, Margaret Guthrie (1821–1895)...

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John Forrest, first Baron Forrest (1847–1918) by unknown engraver The Royal Geographical Society, London

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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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Goldsborough, Sir John (d. 1693), mariner and East India Company servant, is of obscure antecedents. A branch of the Goldsborough family was domiciled at Hadleigh near Ipswich in the seventeenth century and Goldsborough bequeathed a life interest in an estate in Suffolk to his wife; otherwise there are no indications of links with the county. He also left her house property in ...

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Grose, John Henry (b. 1732, d. in or after 1774), East India Company servant and writer on India, was born on 24 August 1732 in St Peter-le-Poer, City of London, probably at his father's house in Broad Street. He was the second of seven children of ...

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