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Ashley, Sir Anthony, baronet (1551/2–1628), politician and translator of The Mariners Mirrour, was the eldest son of Sir Anthony Ashley of Damerham in Hampshire, a cadet of the long-established Ashleys of Wimborne St Giles (Dorset), and Dorothy, daughter of John Lyte of Lytes Cary (Somerset)...

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Curzon, George Nathaniel, Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859–1925), politician, traveller, and viceroy of India, was born on 11 January 1859 at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, the second of the eleven children of the Revd Alfred Nathaniel Holden Curzon, fourth Baron Scarsdale (1831–1916), rector of ...

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Dilke, Ashton Wentworth (1850–1883), traveller and politician, was born on 11 August 1850 in London, the younger son of Sir (Charles) Wentworth Dilke, first baronet (1810–1869), and Mary (d. 1853), the only daughter of Captain William Chatfield, Madras cavalry; his elder brother was ...

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Fenwick, George (c. 1603–1657), colonist in America, army officer, and politician, was the son of George Fenwick of Brinkburn, Northumberland, a country squire, and his wife, Dorothy, daughter of John Forster of Newham. He matriculated at Queens' College, Cambridge, in 1619, was called to the bar at ...

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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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Guinness, Walter Edward, first Baron Moyne (1880–1944), politician and traveller, was born in Dublin on 29 March 1880 in the house, 80 St Stephen's Green, which was afterwards presented to the Irish nation by his brother in 1939 and housed the Irish department of external affairs...

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Lincoln, Ignatius Timotheus Trebitsch [formerly Ignácz Trebitsch; name in religion Chao Kung] (1879–1943), political adventurer, was born in Paks, Hungary, on 4 April 1879, the second son of Nathan Trebitsch (d. 1899), a merchant, and his wife, Julia, née Freund (...

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Lindsay, Sir Martin Alexander, of Dowhill, first baronet (1905–1981), explorer and politician, was born in London on 22 August 1905, the only son and elder child of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Bertram Lindsay, 2nd KEO Gurkhas, and his wife, Gladys, widow of Lieutenant Maurice Cay RN...

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Lynch, Henry Finnis Blosse (1862–1913), traveller and politician, was born in London on 18 April 1862, the son of Thomas Kerr Lynch (1818–1891), traveller and businessman, and his wife, Harriet Sophia, née Taylor (1822–1886). On his father's side he was descended from a prominent Irish gentry family, of ...

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Napier, Sir Nathaniel, second baronet (1636/7–1709), traveller and politician, was the first son of Sir Gerard Napier, first baronet (bap. 1606, d. 1673), of More Crichel, Dorset, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1660), daughter and coheir of John Colles of Barton Grange, Pitminster, Somerset...

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Percy, Henry Algernon George, Earl Percy (1871–1909), politician and traveller, was born at 25 Grosvenor Square, London, on 21 January 1871, the eldest of the six sons of Henry George Percy, Earl Percy (1846–1918), who became the seventh duke of Northumberland, and his wife, ...

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Rich, Sir Nathaniel (c. 1585–1636), colonial investor and politician, was probably born at Leighs in Essex, a son of Richard Rich (d. 1598), landowner, and Jane Machell or Mitchell, daughter of John Machell or Mitchell, clothier and sometime sheriff of London. His father was one of the illegitimate children of the ...

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Sir Nathaniel Rich (c. 1585–1636) by unknown artist private collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shackleton, Edward Arthur Alexander, Baron Shackleton (1911–1994), explorer and politician, was born on 15 July 1911, the younger son and youngest of three children of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874–1922), Antarctic explorer, and his wife, Emily Mary (1868–1936), second daughter of Charles Dorman...

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Sir Mark Sykes, sixth baronet (1879–1919) by Leopold Pilichowski, 1915 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Sykes, Sir Mark, sixth baronet (1879–1919), traveller and politician, was born on 17 March 1879 in London, the only son of Sir Tatton Sykes, fifth baronet (1826–1913) [see under Sykes, Sir Tatton], of Sledmere, and his wife, (Christina Anne) Jessica (...

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Temple, Henry, second Viscount Palmerston (1739–1802), politician and traveller, was born on 4 December 1739, the only son of Henry Temple (c.1704–1740), joint chief remembrancer of the Irish court of exchequer, and his second wife, Jane Barnard (d. 1789), daughter of ...

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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 ...