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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 ...


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 ...


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. ...