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Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852–1936) by Sir John Lavery, 1893 by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery; © Glasgow Museums

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Graham, Robert Bontine Cunninghame (1852–1936), traveller, author, and politician, was born at 5 Cadogan Place, London, on 24 May 1852, the eldest of the three sons of William Cunninghame Bontine (1825–1883), of Gartmore, Perthshire, and Ardoch, Dunbartonshire, a major in the Scots Greys...

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(John Frederick) Norman Lewis (1908–2003) by Paul Tozer, 1996 © Paul Tozer / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lewis, (John Frederick) Norman (1908–2003), traveller and author, was born on 28 June 1908 at Clifton, Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, Middlesex, the fourth child of Richard George Lewis (d. 1936), a pharmacist, and his wife, Louise Charlotte, née Evans (d. 1950). His parents became practising spiritualists after their elder sons failed to reach maturity. The family was Welsh. Bullied at ...

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Reade, William Winwood (1838–1875), traveller, novelist, and controversialist, the eldest son of William Barrington Reade (1803–1881) and Elizabeth Reade (1810–1895) (daughter of Captain John Murray RN), of Ipsden House, Oxfordshire, was born at St Finan, near Crieff, Perthshire, on 26 December 1838. He was educated at ...

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Roberts, Morley Charles (1857–1942), writer and traveller, was born on 29 December 1857 at 5 Queen's Road, Paddington, London, the eldest son of William Henry Roberts (c.1831–1908), superintending inspector of income tax, and Catherine, née Pullen (b. 1830/31). After attending the ...