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Campbell, Thomas (1733–1795), Church of Ireland clergyman and traveller, was born on 4 May 1733 at Glack, co. Tyrone, the eldest son of Moses Campbell, curate to the archdeacon of Armagh and afterwards rector of the parish of Killeshill, and Elizabeth Johnston of ...

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Dillon, John Talbot (1734–1806), traveller and historian, was the elder son of Francis Dillon (d. 1767), whose father was William Dillon of Proudstown, Ireland, and Mary, daughter of Sir Mervyn Wingfield, sixth and last baronet, of Letheringham in Suffolk (the Wingfield baronetcy, granted by ...

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Liddiard, William (1773–1841), travel writer and poet, was born in July 1773, the son of the Revd William Stratton Liddiard (1738–1778) of Rockley House, Ogbourn St George, Wiltshire, and his wife, Jane Craven, sister of Lord Craven. On 26 February 1792 ...

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Otway, Caesar [pseud. Terence O'Toole] (1780–1842), religious journalist and writer on Ireland, was born in co. Tipperary, the son of Loftus Otway, a merchant. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 6 December 1796, aged sixteen, and graduated BA in 1801. After being ordained he was successively curate of a number of country parishes. In 1836 he was appointed to the assistant chaplaincy of ...

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Joseph Barclay Pentland (1797–1873) by Pierre Jean David D'Angers, 1832 [cast by Ecket Durand] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pentland, Joseph Barclay (1797–1873), naturalist and traveller, was born in Ballybofey, co. Donegal, Ireland, on 17 January 1797. Nothing is known of his early life save that he was educated at the Royal School, Armagh, and at the University of Paris. He became associated with ...

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Piers, Henry (c. 1567–1623), Irish travel writer and Roman Catholic convert, was the son and heir of William Piers (d. 1603) and his wife, Ann Holt (d. 1596). Henry was possibly born in Carrickfergus Castle, in north-east Ulster, where his father was constable. About ...

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Pococke, Richard (1704–1765), traveller and Church of Ireland bishop of Ossory, of Elphin, and of Meath, was born at Southampton, the son of Richard Pococke LLB (1660–1710). His grandfather, also Richard Pococke LLB, was rector of Colemore, Hampshire, from November 1662 (or possibly from 1660) to his death in 1719. His father was headmaster of the ...

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Sherlock, Martin (b. before 1747, d. 1797), traveller, was a member, it is supposed, of the Kilkenny family of Sherlock. Nothing is known of his family background or of his early years. He was admitted at Trinity College, Dublin, on 1 November 1763, whence he graduated BA in 1768 and MA in 1773. About 1777 ...

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Tennent, Sir James Emerson, first baronet (1804–1869), traveller and politician, third son of William Emerson (d. 1821), merchant, of Belfast, and Sarah, youngest daughter of William Arbuthnot, of Rockville, co. Down, was born at Belfast on 7 April 1804 and was educated at ...