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Browne, Maurice (1555/6–1583), adventurer and courtier, was the fourth son of John Browne, merchant, of London, and his third wife, Christian, daughter of William Carkett of London. He was thirteen at the time of the visitation of London in 1568. John Browne died in September 1570, leaving ...

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Grubb, Wilfrid Barbrooke (1865–1930), missionary and explorer in Paraguay, was born at Ferryhill, Liberton, Edinburgh, on 11 August 1865, the third of five children of John Barbrooke Grubb (1823–1893), chemist, and his wife, Ann Mary Lang (1825–1916). He was of Scottish descent, though both parents were by birth English and by denomination Anglican. He was educated at ...

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Hedges, Frederick Albert Mitchell- (1882–1959), adventurer and travel writer, was born in Barnsbury, Islington, London, on 22 October 1882, the eldest of four children of John Hedges (1847–1934), a dealer in precious metals and jewellery from Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire, and his wife, Julia Alice (...

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Herbert [Harbert], William (1583?–1628), poet and adventurer, was born in Glamorgan, the son of Nicholas Herbert (1543–1601), writer, pirate, merchant, and public official, and either his first wife, Mary Morgan, or his second wife, Catherine or Jennett Herbert (née Edward). He attended ...

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Koebel, William Henry (1872–1923), businessman and author, was born at 4 The Drive, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Kent, on 11 January 1872, the eldest son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Oscar Koebel (1835/6–1921) and his wife, Emma Elizabeth (...

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Gregor MacGregor (1786–1845) by Samuel William Reynolds senior (after Simon Jacques Rochard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacGregor, Gregor (1786–1845), soldier and adventurer, was the grandson of Gregor MacGregor Drummond who had enlisted in the forerunner of the Black Watch (then Sempill's Highlanders), served abroad with distinction, and been instrumental in obtaining the repeal of legislation which had outlawed the clan ...

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Rich, Richard (fl. 1610), adventurer and author, has been linked to various members of the illustrious Rich family. He was possibly a younger son of Edward Rich of Horndon, or a brother of Robert Rich (d. c.1646), master in chancery, or the third son of ...

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Snow, Sebastian Edward Farquharson (1929–2001), explorer and author, was born at Ambletts, Chithurst, near Midhurst, Sussex, on 21 January 1929, the elder son of Sebastian Richard Eustace Snow, barrister and owner of the last private bank in Exeter, an eccentric old gentleman whom contemporaries remembered for regularly lighting cigarettes during services in ...