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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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Hosie, Sir Alexander (1853–1925), diplomatist and explorer, was born at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, on 16 January 1853, the elder son and second child of Alexander Hosie, a farmer, and his wife, Jean, daughter of James Anderson. His father's farm did not prosper, and the family moved to ...

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Lucas, Simon (d. 1801), explorer and diplomat, was the son of a London wine merchant. He was wrongly identified in the Dictionary of National Biography as William Lucas. While still a boy he was sent to Cadiz to be trained as a merchant, but was captured on his return voyage by a ...

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Shakespear, William Henry Irvine (1878–1915), diplomat and explorer, was born at Multan, in what is now Pakistan, on 29 October 1878, the eldest son of William Henry Sullivan Shakespear, of the Indian forestry service, and his wife, Anne Caroline, née Davidson. A natural athlete throughout his school career, he was educated at ...