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(John) Thomas Baines (1820–1875) by unknown photographer, 1860s The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Baines, (John) Thomas (1820–1875), artist and explorer, was born on 27 November 1820 at King's Lynn, Norfolk, the second son and one of three surviving children of Mary Ann Watson and John Thomas Baines, a master mariner. His father and maternal grandfather were amateur artists, his brother ...

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Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596) by Jodocus Hondius? © Copyright The British Museum

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Drake, Sir Francis (1540–1596), pirate, sea captain, and explorer, was born about February or March 1540 in Crowndale, near Tavistock, Devon, the eldest of five known children of Edmund Drake (d. 1566) of Tavistock. Edmund's wife is unknown, though she may have been named ...

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Gregory, John Walter (1864–1932), geologist and explorer, was born at 18 Gainsborough Road, Mile End Old Town, London, on 27 January 1864, the son of John James Gregory, wool merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Lewis (there were also at least two daughters). He was educated at ...

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Tuckey, James Kingston (1776–1816), naval officer and explorer, the youngest son of Thomas Tuckey of Greenhill, near Mallow, co. Cork, Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of the Revd James Kingston of Donoughmore, was born in August 1776. His parents died in his infancy, and he was brought up by his maternal grandmother. After a voyage to the ...