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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author, was born on 11 February 1915 at 20 Endsleigh Gardens, Bloomsbury, London, the younger child and only son of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880–1954), geologist, and his first wife, Muriel Aileen (otherwise Eileen or Æileen), ...

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Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) by Joan Leigh Fermor, 1946 © Patrick Fermor Archive, Trustees of the National Library of Scotland

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Gordon Goodwin

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Harington, Sir Edward (1754–1807), traveller and essayist, was born on 27 February 1754 in Wells, Somerset, the only son of Henry Harington MD (1727–1816), musician and author, and his wife, Martha Musgrave. He was knighted on 27 May 1795, when, as mayor of ...

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Mundy, Peter (b. c. 1596, d. in or after 1667), traveller and diarist, the son of Richard Mundy (d. before 1635), a pilchard merchant, came from Penryn in Cornwall. Mundy probably received his early education at the free school in Penryn and in 1609 he was sent by his father to ...

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Platter, Thomas (1574–1628), physician and traveller, was born on 24 July 1574 in the protestant city of Basel, Switzerland, the elder son among six children of Thomas Platter (1499–1582), schoolmaster, and his second wife, Hester Gross or Grossmann (b. 1547). Thomas the elder...

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George Psalmanazar (1679–1763) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Psalmanazar, George (1679–1763), impostor and author, was born in southern France under a name that is now unknown and to parents whose names, like that of his place of birth, he does not mention in his Memoirs (published posthumously in 1764), the only source of information about his early life. For an important and lengthy period of his life he claimed to be a native of ...

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J. G. Alger

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Semple, James George (1759–1815), adventurer, who also passed under the names Semple-Lisle, Maxwell, Harrod, and Grant, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire. He was the son of James Semple, formerly an exciseman, who eventually laid claim to the extinct title of Viscount Lisle. In 1776 he was serving in ...

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Wraxall, Sir Nathaniel William, first baronet (1751–1831), traveller and memoirist, was born on 8 April 1751 in Queen's Square, Bristol, the only son (there were four daughters) of Nathaniel Wraxall (1725–1781), a merchant of that city, and Anne (d. 1800), daughter of ...