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Carrington, Dorothy Violet [married name Frederica Rose, Lady Rose] (1910–2002), historian and writer on Corsica  

Robert Sharp

Carrington, Dorothy Violet [married name Frederica Rose, Lady Rose] (1910–2002), historian and writer on Corsica, was born on 6 June 1910 at Perrott's Brook, North Cerney, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the younger daughter of Major-General Sir Frederick Carrington (1844–1913), a veteran of various southern African wars between 1877 and 1902, and his wife, ...

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Dillon, John Talbot (1734–1806), traveller and historian  

Katherine Turner

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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Farley, James Lewis (1823–1885), banker and writer on the Middle East  

G. B. Smith

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Farley, James Lewis (1823–1885), banker and writer on the Middle East, only son of Thomas Farley of Meiltran, co. Cavan, was born at Dublin on 9 September 1823. He was destined for the legal profession, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His attention, however, was early directed to ...

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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011), special operations officer and author  

John Ure

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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Fermor, Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh (1915–2011)  

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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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Garnett, Lucy Mary Jane (1849–1934), folklorist and traveller  

Rowena Fowler

Garnett, Lucy Mary Jane (1849–1934), folklorist and traveller, was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Thomas Garnett, surgeon, and his wife, Lucy Sarah, née Roberts. Lucy Garnett travelled extensively in the Balkans and Middle East, recording the customs of the people among whom she lived. In ...

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Gordon, James [called the Parson of Rothiemay] (1617–1686), historian and map maker  

Jeffrey C. Stone

Gordon, James [called the Parson of Rothiemay] (1617–1686), historian and map maker, was born at Kinmundy, Aberdeenshire, on 17 May 1617, the fifth son of Robert Gordon of Straloch (1580–1661) and his wife, Katharine Irvine. He probably graduated from Marischal College, Aberdeen...

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Kinglake, Alexander William (1809–1891)  

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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  

John Sweetman

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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Macfarlane, Charles (1799–1858), historian and traveller  

Rosemary Mitchell

Macfarlane, Charles (1799–1858), historian and traveller, was born on 18 December 1799, probably in the Scottish highlands, the son of Robert Macfarlane and his wife, the daughter of John Howard and the widow of a major called Harris. From January 1816 until May 1827 ...

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Morris, Jan (1926–2020)  

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Jan Morris (1926–2020), by Arturo Di Stefano, 2004–2005

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Morris, Jan (1926–2020), journalist, historian, and travel writer  

Andrew Lycett

Morris, Jan (1926–2020), journalist, historian, and travel writer, was born James Humphrey Morris at 1 Herbert Terrace, Clevedon, Somerset, on 2 October 1926, the youngest of three sons of Walter Henry Morris (1896–1938), motor driver, and his wife Enid, née Payne...

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Smith, Geoffrey Francis Hattersley- (1923–2012), polar scientist and historian  

Elizabeth Baigent

Smith, Geoffrey Francis Hattersley- (1923–2012), polar scientist and historian, was born on 22 April 1923 at 12 Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington, London, the son of Major Wilfrid Percy Ashley Hattersley-Smith (1881–1968), Royal Artillery officer, and his wife, Ethel Mary, née Willcocks (1892–1937). He had a younger brother, ...

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Speed, John (1551/2–1629)  

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John Speed (1551/22–1629) by Salomon Savery, pubd 1632 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Speed, John (1551/2–1629), historian and cartographer  

Sarah Bendall

Speed, John (1551/2–1629), historian and cartographer, was born at Farndon, Cheshire. He was the son (born before their marriage) of John Speed (1526–1584×1603), merchant tailor, and Elizabeth Cheynye (b. 1530). Speed was made free of the Merchant Taylors' Company on 10 September 1580 through patrimony, with no occupation given; meanwhile, he had married ...

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Waddington, George (1793–1869), traveller and church historian  

W. P. Courtney

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Waddington, George (1793–1869), traveller and church historian, son of George Waddington (bap. 1753, d. 1824), vicar of Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Anne, youngest daughter of Peter Dollond [see under Dollond family], optician, was born at Tuxford on 7 September 1793. He had a younger brother and two younger sisters. His paternal grandfather was ...