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Arnold, Mary Anne (b. 1825), sailor and cross-dresser  

Julie Wheelwright

Arnold, Mary Anne (b. 1825), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Sheerness, Kent, and may have been the daughter of Lieutenant Arnold of the Royal Navy who served aboard the Ganges and Prince Regent men-of-war. According to a report in The Times following her detection in October 1839, an officer of the ...

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Cumming, (Felicity) Anne (1917–1993), writer and sexual adventurer  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Cumming, (Felicity) Anne (1917–1993), writer and sexual adventurer, was born on 14 December 1917, at Thames Cottage, Thames Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, the daughter of Howard Cumming (1885–1957), captain in the Royal Flying Corps, timber merchant, and later a company director, and his wife, ...

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Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley], margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth [other married name Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven] (1750–1828), travel writer and society hostess  

Katherine Turner

Elizabeth [née Lady Elizabeth Berkeley], margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Bayreuth [other married name Elizabeth Craven, Lady Craven] (1750–1828), travel writer and society hostess, was the youngest daughter of Augustus, fourth earl of Berkeley (1716–1755) and Elizabeth, countess of Berkeley (1719/20–1792), daughter of Henry Drax...

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Gunn [née Fubister], Isabel [alias John Fubister] (1780–1861), sailor and cross-dresser  

Julie Wheelwright

Gunn [née Fubister], Isabel [alias John Fubister] (1780–1861), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Orkney, on 1 August 1780, the daughter of John Fubister and Girzal Allan, and was baptized Isabel Fubister on 7 August in St Andrew's parish, Orkney. Few details are known about her life until she signed on with ...

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Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist  

James Owen

Harriman [née Digby; other married names Churchill, Hayward], Pamela Beryl (1920–1997), adventurer and diplomatist, was born on 20 March 1920 at Farnborough, Kent, the eldest of three daughters and oldest of the four children of Edward Kenelm Digby, eleventh Baron Digby...

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Hay, Josslyn Victor, twenty-second earl of Erroll (1901–1941), colonist in Kenya and philanderer  

Richard Davenport-Hines

Hay, Josslyn Victor, twenty-second earl of Erroll (1901–1941), colonist in Kenya and philanderer, was born on 11 May 1901 at 17 Hertford Street, Mayfair, the elder son of Victor Alexander Sereld Hay (1876–1928), then styled Lord Kilmarnock, who succeeded as twenty-first earl of Erroll...

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Hoffman, William (1867–1941), traveller and rogue  

Jeffrey Green

Hoffman, William (1867–1941), traveller and rogue, the son of William Hoffman, a surgical maker, was born in Bernburg, Anhalt, on 10 October 1867 but brought up in England from 1877. The explorer Henry Stanley met him in London in 1884 and employed him, despite his total inexperience, as his servant or valet. ...

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Howard [née Byron; other married name Musgrave], Isabella, countess of Carlisle (1721–1795), author, traveller, and figure of scandal  

Emily Brand

Howard [née Byron; other married name Musgrave], Isabella, countess of Carlisle (1721–1795), author, traveller, and figure of scandal, was born on 10 November 1721, almost certainly at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, where her mother etched her name and birthdate onto a bedchamber window. She was the eldest child and only daughter of ...

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant  

Albert R. Vogeler

Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...

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