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Alexander William Kinglake (1809–1891) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kinglake, Alexander William (1809–1891), historian and travel writer, was born on 5 August 1809, in Taunton, Somerset, the eldest son of William Kinglake (d. 1852), banker and solicitor, and his wife, Mary (d. 1853), daughter of Thomas Woodforde from Castle Cary...

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John Stewart (1747–1822) by Henry Meyer, 1800-50 (after J. E. H. Robinson) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stewart, John [called Walking Stewart] (1747–1822), philosopher and traveller, was born on 19 February 1747 at 156 New Bond Street, London, the only child of Scottish parents, John and Margaret Stewart, linen drapers at the same address. He attended Harrow School from 1758 to 1761 and ...

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Townson, Robert (1762–1827), natural historian and traveller, was born early in 1762 at Spring Grove, Marshgate, Richmond, Surrey, the youngest child of London merchant and insurer John Townson (1721–1773) and Sarah Shewell (1731–1805), daughter of James Shewell (1708–1786) and Sarah Smith (d...