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Bollaert, William (1807–1876), traveller and author, was born in Lymington, Hampshire, on 21 October 1807, the eldest among at least eight children of Andrew Jacob Bollaert and his wife, Jane, née Collings, of Lymington, where three of their children were baptized. His father, a Dutch emigrant who had served with the ...

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Fraser, James (1634–1709), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and traveller, was, according to his own account, born on 1 January 1634, almost certainly in Kirkhill, 7 miles to the west of Inverness (Fraser, Chronicles, 268). He was one of twenty-four children of the ...

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Hentzner, Paul (1558–1623), writer and traveller, was born on 29 January 1558 in Krossen, Silesia, now part of southern Poland. His personal life is obscure, but he is said to have trained as a lawyer, and this is in keeping with the title page of his ...

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Koebel, William Henry (1872–1923), businessman and author, was born at 4 The Drive, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Kent, on 11 January 1872, the eldest son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Oscar Koebel (1835/6–1921) and his wife, Emma Elizabeth (...

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(John Frederick) Norman Lewis (1908–2003) by Paul Tozer, 1996 © Paul Tozer / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lewis, (John Frederick) Norman (1908–2003), traveller and author, was born on 28 June 1908 at Clifton, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth child of Richard George Lewis (d. 1936), a pharmacist, and his wife, Louise Charlotte, née Evans (d. 1950). His parents became practising spiritualists after their elder sons failed to reach maturity. The family was Welsh. Bullied at ...

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Thomas Manning (1772–1840) attrib. J. M. Davis, c. 1805 courtesy Royal Asiatic Society, London

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Manning, Thomas (1772–1840), traveller and writer on China, born at Broome, Norfolk, on 8 November 1772, was the second son of the Revd William Manning, successively rector of Broome and Diss, who died at Diss on 29 November 1810, aged seventy-seven, and his wife, ...

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(George) Eric Newby (1919–2006) by Fergus Greer, 2003 © Fergus Greer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Newby, (George) Eric (1919–2006), travel writer and adventurer, was born at 3 Castelnau Mansions, Barnes, Surrey, on 6 December 1919, the son of George Arthur Newby, a partner in a firm of wholesale dressmakers, and his wife (Minnie) Hilda, née Pomeroy, a former dress model at ...

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Perlin, Étienne (fl. 1553–1558), writer and traveller, is known largely through his observations of Britain in Description des royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escosse, a brief journal of his travels in those two countries, which he visited in 1553. He claimed to have prominent acquaintances at the French court, stating that he was presented to ...

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Platter, Thomas (1574–1628), physician and traveller, was born on 24 July 1574 in the protestant city of Basel, Switzerland, the elder son among six children of Thomas Platter (1499–1582), schoolmaster, and his second wife, Hester Gross or Grossmann (b. 1547). Thomas the elder...

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Wedel, Lupold von (1544–1615), traveller and writer, was the son of Kurt von Wedel (d. 1552), a Pomeranian knight, and his wife, Anna Borcke (d. c.1573). He was born on 25 January 1544 on the manor of Kremzow (now in ...

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Whicker, (Donald) Alan (1921–2013), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 2 August 1921 in Cairo, the only son of Henry Charles Whicker (1880–1923), an officer in the Denbighshire hussars during the First World War, and his wife, Annie Jane (Nancie), née Cross (1883–1948)...

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(Donald) Alan Whicker (1921–2013) by Terry O'Neill, c.1985 © Getty Images