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Baker [née von Sass], Florence Barbara Maria, Lady Baker (1841–1916), traveller in Africa, was born on 6 August 1841, probably in a German-speaking region of Hungary. She was the sole survivor of an attack on her home in which the rest of her family died during the disturbances of 1848. Nothing more is known of her antecedents or early life. She is next recorded in January 1859 in the Turkish town of ...

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian (1868–1926), traveller, archaeologist, and diplomatist, was born at Washington Hall, co. Durham, on 14 July 1868, the elder child and only daughter of (Thomas) Hugh Bell (1844–1931), an ironmaster, who succeeded his father as second baronet in 1904, and his first wife, ...

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Bishop [née Bird], Isabella Lucy (1831–1904), traveller, was born on 15 October 1831 at Boroughbridge Hall, Yorkshire, the home of her maternal grandmother. She was the elder daughter of the Revd Edward Bird (1792/3–1858) and his second wife, Dora, the daughter of the ...

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Blunt [née King], Anne Isabella Noel, suo jure Baroness Wentworth (1837–1917), traveller and breeder of Arab horses, was born on 22 September 1837 in London, the second of the three children, and the only daughter, of William King, first earl of Lovelace...

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Brassey [née Allnutt], Anna [Annie], Lady Brassey (1839–1887), traveller, was born in London on 7 October 1839, daughter of John Allnutt and his first wife, Elizabeth Harriet, only child of John Fassett Burnett of May Place, Crayford, Kent. Her mother died when she was in infancy and she lived with her grandfather at ...

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Burton [née Arundell], Isabel, Lady Burton (1831–1896), author and traveller, was born at 14 Great Cumberland Place, London, on 20 March 1831. Descended from an old Roman Catholic family, her father was Henry Raymond Arundell, a lineal descendant of the sixth Baron Arundell of Wardour...

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Calderwood [née Steuart], Margaret (1715–1774), diarist and traveller, was the eldest daughter of Sir James Steuart of Goodtrees and Coltness, baronet (1681–1727), solicitor-general for Scotland, whose father was Sir James Stewart of Goodtrees (1635–1713), and his wife, Anne (d. 1736), daughter of ...

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Callcott [née Dundas; other married name Graham], Maria, Lady Callcott (1785–1842), traveller and author, was born on 19 July 1785 at Papcastle, near Cockermouth in Cumberland, the eldest of the four children of George Dundas, a naval officer, and his wife, Miss Thomson or Thompson...

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Cumming, Constance Frederica Gordon- (1837–1924), travel writer, was born on 26 May 1837 at Altyre, Moray, twelfth child and youngest daughter of Sir William Gordon Gordon-Cumming of Altyre and Gordonstown, second baronet (1787–1854), and his first wife, Eliza Maria (d. 1842), eldest daughter of ...

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Cumming, (Felicity) Anne (1917–1993), writer and sexual adventurer, was born on 14 December 1917, at Thames Cottage, Thames Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the daughter of Howard Cumming (1885–1957), captain in the Royal Flying Corps, timber merchant, and later a company director, and his wife, ...

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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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Dixie [née Douglas], Lady Florence Caroline (1855–1905), author and traveller, was born in Kinmount, Cummertrees, Dumfriesshire, on 24 May 1855, one of a pair of twins, the youngest of the six children of Archibald William Douglas, eighth marquess of Queensberry (1818–1858), and his wife, ...

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Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley], margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth [other married name Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven] (1750–1828), travel writer and society hostess, was the youngest daughter of Augustus, fourth earl of Berkeley (1716–1755) and Elizabeth, countess of Berkeley (1719/20–1792), daughter of Henry Drax...

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Fay [née Clement], Eliza (1755/6–1816), writer and traveller, was one of the three identified daughters of Edward Clement (d. 1794), shipwright, of Rotherhithe, Surrey; further details of her birth, upbringing, and education are unknown aside from her statement that her mother died between 1780 and 1783....

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Franklin [née Griffin], Jane, Lady Franklin (1792–1875), traveller and promoter of Arctic exploration, was born in London, the second of the three daughters of John Griffin, a London silk merchant, and his wife, Mary Guillemard, both of Huguenot descent. Her mother died when ...

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Frere, Mary Eliza Isabella [May] (1845–1911), writer on India, was born on 11 August 1845 at Bitton rectory in Gloucestershire, the eldest of the four daughters and one son of Sir Bartle Frere (1815–1884) and his wife, Catherine (d. 1899), daughter of ...

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Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist, was born on 20 March 1920 at Farnborough, Kent, the eldest of three daughters and oldest of the four children of Edward Kenelm Digby, eleventh Baron Digby...

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Irby, (Adeline) Paulina (1831–1911), traveller and Balkan sympathizer, was the youngest daughter of Rear-Admiral the Hon. Frederick Paul Irby (1779–1844) of Long Stratton, Norfolk, and his second wife, Frances Wright (d. 1852), daughter of Ichabod Wright of Mapperley Hall, Nottinghamshire; she was the granddaughter of the ...

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Kingsley, Mary Henrietta (1862–1900), traveller and writer, born in Islington, London, on 13 October 1862, was the eldest child of George Henry Kingsley (1826–1892), a physician and traveller, and his wife and former housekeeper, Mary Bailey (d. 1892). The novelists Charles Kingsley...

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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 ...