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Horsey, Sir Jerome (d. 1626), traveller to Russia and diplomat  

Richard Hellie

Horsey, Sir Jerome (d. 1626), traveller to Russia and diplomat, was the son of William Horsey and Elinor, daughter of William Peryam. He entered the service of the Muscovy Company as an apprentice clerk in Russia in 1572 and lived there until 1585, being employed by the Russians as emissary to ...

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Jones, Jezreel (d. 1731), traveller and diplomatist  

Elizabeth Baigent

Jones, Jezreel (d. 1731), traveller and diplomatist, is of unknown parentage, though he is known to have had a brother, John, for whom he provided in his will. In 1698 he was elected clerk to the Royal Society. This was one of the few salaried positions at the ...

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Kinneir, Sir John Macdonald (1782–1830), army officer, traveller, and diplomatist  

H. M. Chichester

revised by James Falkner

Kinneir, Sir John Macdonald (1782–1830), army officer, traveller, and diplomatist, born at Carnden, Linlithgow, on 3 February 1782, was the illegitimate son of John Macdonald, comptroller of customs at Bo'ness, and Mrs Cecilia Maria Kinneir. In 1802 he was nominated to a cadetship by ...

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Oliphant, Laurence (1829–1888), diplomatist, traveller, and mystic  

Leslie Stephen

revised by Anne Taylor

Oliphant, Laurence (1829–1888), diplomatist, traveller, and mystic, the only child of Sir Anthony Oliphant (1793–1859) and his wife, Maria (d. 1881), daughter of Colonel Campbell of the 72nd highlanders, was born at Cape Town. Thomas Oliphant, the musician, was his uncle.

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Laurence Oliphant (1829–1888) by Thomas Rodger © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Palgrave, William Gifford (1826–1888), traveller and diplomatist  

Jason Thompson

Palgrave, William Gifford (1826–1888), traveller and diplomatist, was born at 22 Parliament Street, Westminster, London, on 24 January 1826. He was the second son of Sir Francis Palgrave (1788–1861), founder of the Public Record Office, whose name had been Francis Cohen until in 1823 he converted to the ...

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Palgrave, William Gifford (1826–1888)  

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William Gifford Palgrave (1826–1888) by Ernest Edwards © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parsons, Abraham (d. 1785), traveller and commercial consul  

H. M. Chichester

revised by Deborah Manley

Parsons, Abraham (d. 1785), traveller and commercial consul, was born probably in Bristol, the son of a merchant captain. In early life he visited many countries in command of merchant vessels, an occupation that suited a man 'naturally fond of novelty, and remarkably inquisitive...

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Vernon, Francis (bap. 1637, d. 1677), traveller and diplomat  

David J. Sturdy

Vernon, Francis (bap. 1637, d. 1677), traveller and diplomat, was born in London near Charing Cross and was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 18 January 1637, the elder son of Francis Vernon (d. 1647) and his wife, Anne (formerly Welby), daughter of ...

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William of Gloucester, Prince (1941–1972)  

See Henry, Prince, first duke of Gloucester