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Dillon, Peter (1788–1847), adventurer in the south seas, was born on 15 June 1788 on Martinique, the son of an Irishman, Peter Dillon, probably a soldier stationed on the island. About 1806 Dillon appears to have sailed for Calcutta and he later traded sandalwood between the ...

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Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926) by Eric Kennington, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Doughty, Charles Montagu (1843–1926), explorer, travel writer, and poet, was born on 19 August 1843 at Theberton Hall, Leiston, Suffolk, the younger of two sons of the Revd Charles Montagu Doughty (1798–1850), landowner, and his wife, Frederica (d. 1843), daughter of the ...

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Machim [Robert Machin] (supp. fl. 14th cent.), supposed adventurer, is said to have lived in the fourteenth century, and is claimed, in sixteenth-century writings and works derived from them, as the discoverer of the island of Madeira.

Three traditions refer to him or to a similar character of similar name. What may be the earliest is represented by part of a work headed ...

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(George) Eric Newby (1919–2006) by Fergus Greer, 2003 © Fergus Greer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910–2003) by unknown photographer courtesy of Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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Thesiger, Sir Wilfred Patrick (1910–2003), explorer, was born on 3 June 1910 at the British legation, Addis Ababa, Abyssinia, the eldest of four sons of Captain Wilfred Gilbert Thesiger (1871–1920), British consul-general and minister-plenipotentiary in Addis Ababa, and his wife, Kathleen Mary (1880–1973)...