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Elias, Ney (1844–1897), explorer and diplomatist, was born at Widmore, Kent, on 10 February 1844, the second son of Ney Elias (d. 1891) of Kensington and his wife, Sophia, both from established Jewish merchant families. Elias and his four brothers and two sisters were brought up as Christians after their parents converted from Judaism. He was educated in ...


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Hosie, Sir Alexander (1853–1925), diplomatist and explorer, was born at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, on 16 January 1853, the elder son and second child of Alexander Hosie, a farmer, and his wife, Jean, daughter of James Anderson. His father's farm did not prosper, and the family moved to ...