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Carrington, Dorothy Violet [married name Frederica Rose, Lady Rose] (1910–2002), historian and writer on Corsica, was born on 6 June 1910 at Perrott's Brook, North Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the younger daughter of Major-General Sir Frederick Carrington (1844–1913), a veteran of various southern African wars between 1877 and 1902, and his wife, ...

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Connor [formerly O'Connor], Bernard (c. 1666–1698), physician and writer on Poland, the son of Bernard O'Connor, born in co. Kerry, Ireland, was descended from the O'Connor Kerry family, lords of Kerry. As a Roman Catholic, he was prohibited from attending school or university, and was therefore taught privately by tutors. Of his life in ...

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Farley, James Lewis (1823–1885), banker and writer on the Middle East, only son of Thomas Farley of Meiltran, co. Cavan, was born at Dublin on 9 September 1823. He was destined for the legal profession, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His attention, however, was early directed to ...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Gardner, Monica Mary (1873–1941), writer on Poland and Polish literature, was born on 26 June 1873 at Subiaco Lodge, Roehampton Lane, London, the fifth of the six children of John Gardner (1839–1887), a stockjobber, and his wife, Amy Vernon, née Garratt (d...

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Godwin, George Nelson (1846–1907), antiquary and travel writer, the only surviving son of Edward Godwin, a draper of Winchester, and afterwards a farmer of Melksham, Wiltshire, and his wife, Mary Tugwell, was born at Winchester on 4 July 1846. He and his only sister, ...

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Gordon, Lucie Duff [née Lucie Austin], Lady Duff Gordon (1821–1869), travel writer and translator, was born on 24 June 1821 at 1 Queen Square, Westminster, London, near the statue of Queen Anne (this section was demolished in the 1880s and renamed Queen Anne's Gate...

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Alexander William Kinglake (1809–1891) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kinglake, Alexander William (1809–1891), historian and travel writer, was born on 5 August 1809, in Taunton, Somerset, the eldest son of William Kinglake (d. 1852), banker and solicitor, and his wife, Mary (d. 1853), daughter of Thomas Woodforde from Castle Cary...

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Anna Harriette Leonowens (1831–1915) by Napoleon Sarony, c. 1870 Kenneth and Margaret Landon Collection (SC-38) Special Collections, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA

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Leonowens [née Edwards], Anna Harriette (1831–1915), educator and travel writer, was born in Ahmadnagar, India, on 6 November 1831, the younger daughter of Thomas Edwards (c.1803–1831), formerly a cabinet maker of St George the Martyr parish, London, then a sergeant in the ...

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Lindsay, Michael Francis Morris, second Baron Lindsay of Birker (1909–1994), writer on China, was born at 40 Mecklenburg Square, St Pancras, London, on 24 February 1909, the elder son and first of the three children of Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, first Baron Lindsay of Birker...

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Moore, Mary Elizabeth Constance (1860–1933), headmistress and writer on Natal, was born on 7 February 1860 in Middleham, Yorkshire, one of three children of William George Moore, a solicitor's clerk, and his wife, Mary Ann Smith Holdich. Little is known of her family and early life but she attended ...

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Starkie, Walter Fitzwilliam (1894–1976), Hispanic scholar and travel writer, was born on 9 August 1894 at Harrow House, Ballybrack, Killiney, co. Dublin, the only surviving son (a brother died in infancy) among the six children of William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860–1920), classicist, from ...

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Steel [née Webster], Flora Annie (1847–1929), writer on India and educationist, was born on 2 April 1847 at Sudbury Priory, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, the sixth of the eleven children of George Webster and his wife, Isabella (d. 1882), daughter and heir of ...