Biographies

POOLE, CHARLES ALFRED LAWRENCE c 1874 - 1908
Unknown

mariner. Little is known of the origins of Captain Charles Poole, one of the great seafaring characters in Falklands history. In 1900 he signed a declaration before the registrar in Stanley saying...

PORTLOCK, NATHANIEL ?1748 - 1817
United States (also England)

naval officer and fur trader, was born in America. He first came to prominence when he served as master's mate in the Discovery during COOK's third voyage, transferring to the Resolution, Cook's...

PRINCE, PETER ALEXANDER 1948 - 1998
England

ornithologist, was born in Lincoln on 1 June 1948, son of Lesley Nigel Prince and Ilse, née Moggenburg. He attended Bishop King School before joining the Forestry Commission in 1963. Even then,...

PYNE, WILLIAM ROWLAND ?1837 - after 1885
England

colonial secretary, was the son of William Pyne 'gentleman'. In 1858 a note on Colonial Office files states that Wm Pyne, 'near 21 years' of Upton Grove, Slough, Middlesex is to take his place as...

RANKIN, (ARTHUR) NIALL 1904 - 1965
Wales

naturalist, was born at Dynevor Castle, Dyfed, Wales on 6 August 1904, the second son of Sir Reginald Rankin, second baronet and his wife, née the Hon Nest Rhys. He was educated at Eton and Christ...

RANSOM, FRANK 1874 - after 1927
England

sculptor and engraver, was born at Westminster, in London, on 8 October 1874, the son of Walter Ransom, a builder. He studied at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal Academy School and lived and...

RAYMER, MICHAEL ROBERT 1917 - 2007
England

colonial secretary, wasborn on 22 July 1917 at Budleigh Salterton, Devon, the son of the Rev WH Raymer. He waseducated at Marlborough College and Jesus College, Cambridge, wherehe graduated with a...

REID, JAMES 1893 - after 1960
Scotland

forestry officer, was born on 10 July 1893 at Markinch in Fife, Scotland.

His father was a forester on the Balbirnie Estate, and Reid began work as an apprentice forester in September 1908. After...

RENNIE, GEORGE 1802 - 1860
Scotland

governor and sculptor, was born in Phantassie, East Lothian, son of George Rennie, agriculturalist and nephew of John Rennie the well known engineer. He studied sculpture in Rome and on his return...

RICHARDS, WALTER GEORGE (Bill) 1929 - 2002
Falkland Islands

FIDS and policeman, was born in Stanley in 1929, the eldest child of a Falkland Island mother and an English father who had settled there after World War I.

In the mid l930s, his parents moved back...

RIDLEY, NICHOLAS 1929 - 1993
England

politician, was born on 17 February 1929, the younger son of the third Viscount Ridley and Ursula, daughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens the architect. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College Oxford,...

RIVERO, ANTONIO c 1807 - 1845?
Argentina

Argentine gaucho and murderer, thought by some authorities to have been born in the Province of Entre Ríos, was an illiterate gaucho, a peón employed by Louis VERNET to work at his colony at Port...

ROBERTS, ANNIS MARJORIE née HOLGATE 1881 - 1971
England

spinner, was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire on 30 December 1881, the daughter of William and Jessie Holgate, of Yorkshire Dales farming stock. She was educated at a private school in Harrogate and...

ROBERTS, BRIAN BIRLEY 1912 - 1978
England

ornithologist, polar pundit and unsung architect of the Antarctic Treaty, was born 23 October 1912 at Bishopgarth, Woking, Surrey, one of four children of a radiologist. He never married. At...

ROBERTS, DAVID WILLIAM 1886 - 1970
England

ships' captain, was born on 8 December 1886 in Liverpool, the son of Edward and Sarah Roberts, née Williams. The family, who all spoke Welsh as their first language, came from farming stock in...

ROBERTS, GEORGE 1885 - 1976
England

director of public works, was born at Hampton in Middlesex on 27 January 1885 and spent his early teenage years working at Chatham dockyard, rising to become inspector of works there from...

ROBERTS, GERALD HOLGATE 1923-2016
Falkland Islands

dental surgeon, was born at Stanley on 10 May 1923, the eldest son of Captain David William ROBERTS and Annis Marjorie ROBERTS, née Holgate. He attended the Government school at Stanley until 1931...

ROBERTSON, CHARLES HONEYMAN (Charlie) 1900 - 1981
Falkland Islands

was born in Stanley in 1900 the only child of a New Zealander James Robertson, who was employed as government stock inspector and Theresa Louisa Robertson, née Carey.

In 1909 the family moved to...

ROBERTSON, JAMES (Jim) 1867 - 1943
New Zealand

farmer, was born in Brightwater, New Zealand, the third of 11 children of James Robertson and Jane née Honeyman.

He worked for Nelson Bros Freezing Company in Blenheim prior to his departure for...

ROBERTSON, JAMES RICHARD (Jimmy) 1931 - 2020
Falkland Islands

farm manager, was born at Stanley on 14 March 1931 the elder son of Charles ROBERTSON and Anne, née Chave. In 1934, his grandfather retired and his father took over as farm manager. At ten he...

ROBINSON, MURRELL ROBINSON 1820 - 1900
England

surveyor and engineer was born in Southwark on 20 August, son of Macleod Robinson ('Gentleman') and his wife Anna Maria Sophia (presumably née Robinson). He worked with the Ordnance Survey in...

ROBINSON, Sir WILLIAM CLEAVER FRANCIS 1834 - 1897
Ireland

governor, was born on 14 January 1834, the fifth son of Admiral Hercules Robinson of Rosmead, Co Westmeath, by the only daughter and heir of Henry Widman Wood. After being educated at the Royal...

ROCA, JULIO ARGENTINO 1843 - 1914
Argentina

Argentine president, was born in Tucuman in 1843, the fourth son of Don José Segundo Roca and Agustina, née Paz. He entered the Colegio Nacional in Concepcion del Uruguay (which is in Argentina) in...

ROCHÉ, ANTONIO de la fl 1675
England

discoverer of South Georgia, was born in London, the son of a French father.

The sole authority for his discovery is a book by the Spanish historian Francisco Seixas y Lovera: Descripción...

ROEL, RUDOLPH 1913 - 1982
Netherlands

Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was born on 22 November 1913 in Amsterdam. He was educated at the Mill Hill Fathers' colleges in Tilburg and Roosendaal in Holland and at Mill Hill in north London. He...