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Beecroft, John (1790–1854), west African explorer and consul, was born near Whitby. Little is known about his early years beyond the fact that in 1805, while serving aboard a coasting vessel, he was captured by a French privateer and held prisoner until the peace of 1814. He subsequently joined the ...

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Colquhoun, Archibald Ross (1848–1914), explorer, colonial administrator, and author, was born at sea off the Cape of Good Hope in March 1848, the fifth of six children of Dr Archibald Colquhoun (c.1804–1890) of Edinburgh, an employee of the East India Company...

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Ellis, Henry (1721–1806), explorer and colonial governor, was born in Monaghan town, co. Monaghan, Ireland, the eighth but second surviving child of Francis Ellis (1683–1773), landowner, and Joan Maxwell. Descended from Sir Thomas Ellis of Wyham, England, his paternal grandfather had become an ...

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Sir Henry Hamilton Johnston (1858–1927) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, Sir Henry Hamilton [Harry] (1858–1927), explorer and colonial administrator, was born in London on 12 June 1858, the eldest of twelve children of John Brookes Johnston, secretary of the Royal Exchange Assurance Company, and his second wife, Esther Laetitia, daughter of Robert Hamilton...

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Lindsay, Sir Martin Alexander, of Dowhill, first baronet (1905–1981), explorer and politician, was born in London on 22 August 1905, the only son and elder child of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Bertram Lindsay, 2nd KEO Gurkhas, and his wife, Gladys, widow of Lieutenant Maurice Cay RN...

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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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Warrington, Hanmer George (1776–1847), diplomatist and promoter of African exploration, was born on 5 September 1776 at Acton, near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the third son of the Revd George Warrington of Acton and his wife, Mary, née Strudwyck. The Warringtons were an old Welsh family. ...