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Batman, John (1801–1839), pioneer in Australia, was born at Parramatta, New South Wales, on 21 January 1801, the second son of William Bateman, a Middlesex cutler, transported in 1796 after being convicted of receiving stolen saltpetre worth £48, and his wife, Mary, who travelled out with him as a free woman. He was educated at ...

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Blackstone, William (bap. 1596?, d. 1675), settler in America and horticulturist, was born to unknown parents. It has been asserted that he was baptized on 5 March 1595 at Whickham in co. Durham, the son of John Blackstone and his wife, Agnes (...

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Bradford, William (1590–1657), a founder of Plymouth Colony, was born in Austerfield, Yorkshire, and baptized there on 19 March 1590, the third child and only son of William Bradford (c.1560–1591) and Alice Hanson (1562–1597), both from Austerfield yeoman families.

In early childhood he suffered the loss by death first of his father (July 1591), then of his paternal grandfather (1596), with whom he was living following his mother's remarriage, and finally his mother (1597). At the age of seven he was taken in by two uncles, ...

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Browne, Sir Stewart Gore- (1883–1967), settler and politician in Northern Rhodesia, was born in London on 3 May 1883, the elder son of the barrister Sir Francis Gore-Browne (1860–1922), and his wife, Helenor (b. 1858), elder daughter of John Archibald Shaw-Stewart. His grandfather ...

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Hugh Cholmondeley, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931) by unknown artist, 1923 © reserved

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Cholmondeley, Hugh, third Baron Delamere (1870–1931), settler in Kenya and politician, was born in London on 28 April 1870, the only son of Hugh Cholmondeley, second Baron Delamere (1811–1887), and his second wife, Augusta Emily (d. 1911), eldest daughter of Sir George Hamilton Seymour...

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Claypoole, James (1634–1687), merchant and pioneer settler in America, was born in December 1634 at Northborough Manor, Northamptonshire, the ninth of the fourteen children of John Claypoole or Claypole, a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Mary Angell, the daughter of a wealthy London...

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Farewell, Francis George (1793–1829), naval officer and settler in Natal, was born in Wincanton, Somerset, the second son of Samuel Farewell (d. 1801), rector of Wincanton. After his father's death the family moved to Tiverton, where he was educated at Blundell's School...

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Fleetwood, Sir Peter Hesketh-, first baronet (1801–1866), founder of the town of Fleetwood, was descended from the ancient Lancashire families of Hesketh and Fleetwood; he was one of the three sons and one daughter of Robert Hesketh (1764–1824) of Rossall, Lancashire, and his wife, ...

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Fynn, Henry Francis (1803–1861), mariner and settler in Natal, was born in London on 29 March 1803, the son of (Henry) Francis Fynn (d. 1831), a shipowner originally from Donegal in Ireland who traded between the Dutch East Indies and Cape Colony...

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Mason, John (1586–1635), founder of New Hampshire, was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of John Mason and Isabel Mason (née Steed), and baptized there on 11 December 1586. His father was apparently the John Mason who in 1575 had bought his freedom of the borough. The records of ...

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James Edward Oglethorpe (1696–1785) by Thomas Burford, pubd c. 1743–5 © Copyright The British Museum

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Oglethorpe, James Edward (1696–1785), army officer and founder of the colony of Georgia, was born in London on 22 December 1696, the third and youngest surviving son of Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe (1650–1702), politician and army officer, and his wife, Eleanor, née Wall (1662–1732)...

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Peel, Thomas (1793?–1865), settler in Australia, was the second son of Thomas Peel (1768–1843) of Peelfold, Lancashire, a calico manufacturer and landowner, and his wife, Dorothy, née Bolton (1769–1837), and the great-nephew of Sir Robert Peel (1750–1830). He was educated at Harrow School...

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William Penn (1644–1718) by Francis Place, c. 1696 courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia

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Penn, William (1644–1718), Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania, was born in the liberty of the Tower of London on 14 October 1644, the son of Sir William Penn (bap. 1621, d. 1670), admiral in the English navy, and Margaret (1610?–1682), the daughter of ...

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Piers, William (d. 1603), soldier and founder of the town of Carrickfergus, was the son of Richard or Henry Piers of Piers-Hall, near Ingleton, Yorkshire. Nothing is known about his education. He may have been a younger son, which would explain his early career as a soldier....

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Thomas Talbot (1771–1853) attrib. James Buckingham Wandesford Collection of McIntosh Gallery, the University of Western Ontario, Gift of Judge Talbot MacBeth, 1941