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Elizabeth Davis (1789–1860) by unknown engraver, pubd 1857 (after Messrs Day) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davis [née Cadwaladr], Elizabeth [Betsy] (1789–1860), traveller and nurse, was born on 24 May 1789 at Penrhiw near Bala, Merioneth, the fifth child of Dafydd Cadwaladr (1752–1834), smallholder and Methodist preacher, and his wife, Judith (d. 1800), née Humphreys, the daughter of a ...

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Evans, John Thomas (bap. 1770, d. 1798), explorer, was born in the farmhouse of Gwredog Uchaf in Caernarvonshire, the son of Thomas Evans (d. 1788) and his wife, Anne. Baptized on 14 April 1770, he was the product of a pious home. His father, a farmer, gained some distinction as an itinerant preacher and was one of the first Methodists in ...

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Ferguson, George Ekem (1864–1897), surveyor and colonial agent, was born on 14 July 1864 at Anomabu, in the British west African colony of the Gold Coast, the surviving twin son of Robert Archibald Ferguson, a commercial agent for A. and F. Swanzy, and his wife, ...

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Sir Henry Simpson Lunn (1859–1939) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lunn, Sir Henry Simpson (1859–1939), worker for ecclesiastical reunion and travel agent, was born on 30 July 1859 at Bridge Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, the eldest son of Henry Lunn, greengrocer and lay preacher, and Susanna, daughter of Simpson Green, of Horncastle. His parents were both Wesleyan Methodists. He was educated at ...

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Matthews [Mathews], Abraham (1832–1899), Congregational minister and settler in Patagonia, was born at Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, in October 1832, the son of John Matthews or Mathews (b. 1800), weaver, and his wife, Ann Jones (b. 1804). When he was three years old his parents went to ...

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Rees, Sarah Jane [pseud. Cranogwen] (1839–1916), sailor, schoolmistress, and poet, was born on 9 January 1839 at Dolgoy Fach, a cottage some 2½ miles from the coastal village of Llangrannog on Cardigan Bay, from which she took her bardic name, Cranogwen. She was the youngest of three children of ...

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Sarah Jane Rees [Cranogwen] (1839–1916) by John Thomas by courtesy of the National Library of Wales

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Saxby [née Howell], Mary (1738–1801), vagrant and memoirist, was born in London, the daughter of John Howell, a silk weaver, and his wife, Susanna, who died soon afterwards during childbirth. Mary's father remarried and had two further sons, one of whom—together with ...

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Edward John Smith (1850–1912) by E. Harrison and Son, c. 1912 The Warrillow Collection, Keele University Library

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Smith, Edward John (1850–1912), merchant seaman and master of RMS Titanic, was born on 27 January 1850 at 51 Well Street, Hanley, Staffordshire, the son of Edward Smith (1805–1885), a potter, and his wife, Catherine, formerly Hancock, née Marsh (1809–1893), both Primitive Methodists. ...

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Smith, Sir William Reardon, first baronet (1856–1935), shipowner and philanthropist, was born at Appledore, Devon, on 7 August 1856, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Smith (1810–1859), master of the schooner Hazard, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1906), the daughter of ...

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Thomson, John (1837–1921), photographer and travel writer, was born on 14 June 1837 at Portland Place, Edinburgh, the third of the four children to survive infancy of William Thomson (1794–c.1870), tobacconist, and his wife, Isabella Newlands (1801–1863). His early education is unknown, but by 1851 he had become an apprenticed optician in ...

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Voysey, Henry Wesley (1791–1824), geologist and surveyor, was born in Salisbury, the son of a Baptist minister, Henry Voysey, and his wife, Ann Maria Annesley (née Ellison). He was the brother of the architect Annesley Voysey (c. 1794–1839) [see under Voysey, Charles...

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Wilkins, Sir (George) Hubert (1888–1958), polar explorer and climatologist, was born at Mount Bryan East, South Australia, on 31 October 1888, the thirteenth and youngest child of Harry Wilkins, grazier, and his wife, Louisa Smith. Until 1903 he lived and worked on his parents' sheep station where outdoor activities, coupled with his early experience of the devastation caused by drought, laid the foundations for his lifelong interest and work in the natural sciences, climatology, and meteorology....