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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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Baber, Edward Colborne (1843–1890), orientalist and traveller, the son of Edward Baber and a great-nephew of Henry Hervey Baber, was born at Dulwich on 30 April 1843. He was educated at Rossall junior school where his father was headmaster, and from 1853 to 1862 at ...

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Bicknell, Herman (1830–1875), orientalist and traveller, was born at Herne Hill, Surrey, on 2 April 1830, the third son of Elhanan Bicknell (1788–1861) and his third wife, Lucinda Sarah (1801–1850), who was the sister of Hablot Knight Browne (‘Phiz’). Clarence Bicknell (1842–1918), archaeologist and botanist, was his brother. He was educated at ...

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Calvert, Albert Frederick (1872?–1946), traveller and author, was the son of John Frederick (Fred) Calvert, a mining engineer, and his wife, Grace Easley. There is doubt about the date and place of his birth. Some sources make him Australian, born in New South Wales...

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Connor [formerly O'Connor], Bernard (c. 1666–1698), physician and writer on Poland, the son of Bernard O'Connor, born in co. Kerry, Ireland, was descended from the O'Connor Kerry family, lords of Kerry. As a Roman Catholic, he was prohibited from attending school or university, and was therefore taught privately by tutors. Of his life in ...

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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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Gardner, Monica Mary (1873–1941), writer on Poland and Polish literature, was born on 26 June 1873 at Subiaco Lodge, Roehampton Lane, London, the fifth of the six children of John Gardner (1839–1887), a stockjobber, and his wife, Amy Vernon, née Garratt (d...

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Gordon, Lucie Duff [née Lucie Austin], Lady Duff Gordon (1821–1869), travel writer and translator, was born on 24 June 1821 at 1 Queen Square, Westminster, London, near the statue of Queen Anne (this section was demolished in the 1880s and renamed Queen Anne's Gate...

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Lindsay, Michael Francis Morris, second Baron Lindsay of Birker (1909–1994), writer on China, was born at 40 Mecklenburg Square, St Pancras, London, on 24 February 1909, the elder son and first of the three children of Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, first Baron Lindsay of Birker...

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Philby, Harry St John Bridger (1885–1960), explorer and Arabist, was born at St John's, Badulla, Ceylon, on 3 April 1885, the second son of Harry Montagu Philby (d. 1913), a coffee planter, and his wife, Queenie (1864–1950), known as May, daughter of ...

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Harry St John Bridger Philby (1885–1960) self-portrait, 1917–18 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Starkie, Walter Fitzwilliam (1894–1976), Hispanic scholar and travel writer, was born on 9 August 1894 at Harrow House, Ballybrack, Killiney, co. Dublin, the only surviving son (a brother died in infancy) among the six children of William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860–1920), classicist, from ...

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Strachan, George (fl. 1592–1634), traveller and orientalist, was born the younger son of a noble family in the Mearns (he later used the toponymic Merniensis), perhaps of Thornton, Kincardineshire; nothing else is known of his early life. He was a student in ...

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Thomas, Bertram Sidney (1892–1950), explorer and Arabist, was born on 13 June 1892 at Avon Villa, Springfield Road, Pill, near Bristol, the son of William Henry Thomas, master mariner, and his wife, Eliza Ann, née Thomas. His education at the local village school was supplemented by private tuition; at the age of sixteen he was accepted for employment in the ...