Biographies

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...

ROGERS, WOODES 1679 - 1732
England

privateer and colonial governor, was born in Poole, Dorset in about 1679, the son and grandson of sea-captains of the same name. He first went to sea from Bristol in 1697. In 1705 he married Sarah,...

ROGGEVEEN, JACOB 1659 - 1729
Netherlands

Dutch navigator, sailed from the Texel in August 1721 with three ships, Den Arend (The Eagle) Thienhoven [a placename] and De Africaansche Galey (The African Galley), to sail round the world. He...

ROSAS, JUAN MANUEL ORTIZ de 1793 - 1877
Argentina

Argentine dictator, was born in Buenos Aires on 30 March 1793, the eldest son of León Ortiz de Rosas and Augustina López de Osornio. From a wealthy landowning family, Rosas was noted in the young...

ROSS, Sir JAMES CLARK 1800 - 1862
England

rear admiral, Arctic and Antarctic navigator, was born in Finsbury Square, London, on 15 April 1800, son of George Ross and Christian, née Clark. George Ross, originally from Wigtonshire, traded as...

ROTCH, FRANCIS 1750 - 1822
United States

American whaler, was born in Nantucket, Mass on 30 September 1750, son of Joseph Rotch, the foremost whaling merchant in the American colonies and Love Coffin, née Macy, daughter of two of...

ROUTLEDGE, ROBERT McKILLIAM ?1855 - 1907
Scotland

judge and colonial secretary, was the sixth son of William Routledge, manufacturer of Aberdeen. He studied at Aberdeen University and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1879 and was a member...

ROWE, ERNESTO GUILLERMO 1896 - 1975
Argentina

businessman and character, was born in Buenos Aires on 11 January 1896, the eldest of four children of Richard Lawson Rowe, originally from South Shields and his wife Maud Minnie, née Stant. He...

ROWEN, JOHN ENGLISH 1837 - 1914
United States

last United States consul at Stanley (1898 – 1908), was born on 28 July 1827 at Thompsonville, Connecticut to Irish immigrant parents. At an early age he was put to work in a carpet factory so he...

ROWLANDS, EDWARD (Ted) b 1940
Wales

minister and parliamentarian, was born in Porth Cawl, South Wales on 23 January 1940, the son of WS Rowlands and Hilda, née Weeks. He was educated at Rhondda and Wirral Grammar Schools and went to...

ROWLANDS, HAROLD THEODORE 1931 - 2004
Falkland Islands

financial secretary and councillor, was born in Stanley on 10 July 1931, the youngest of three children of Conrad Rowlands and Lucy, née Larson. He lived throughout his life in a house on Stanley...

ROWLANDS, JOHN RICHARD 1928 - 2000
Falkland Islands

business man and councillor, was born in Stanley on 3 April 1928, the eldest child of Conrad Rowlands and Lucy, née Larson. His ancestors were Swedish and Norwegian, Scots and English. He attended...

ROXA, ANTONINA c 1807 - 1869
Argentina

character, was born in present day Argentina or Uruguay around 1807. She is reputed to have been ' a Princess' - the daughter of an Indian chief and she arrived in Port Louis in 1830 while Louis ...

RUDD, JOHN ROGERS 1827 - 1864
England

Camp manager, was born probably in or near Exeter in 1827. He came from farming stock and may have arrived in the Falklands in 1847 as a shepherd at Fitzroy for Captain PACKE. He married Mary Ellen...

RUIZ PUENTE, FELIPE fl 1767
Spain

Spanish naval officer. Capitán de navío Felipe Ruiz Puente was the first Spanish comandante gobernador of the Spanish settlement at Puerto de la Soledad (Port Louis). On 17 October 1766 Ruiz Puente...

RYAN, ALFREDO ROBERTO LUCIO 1902 - 1990
Gibraltar (also Argentina)

Argentine entrepreneur, was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1902, the son of an Irishman Ernest A Ryan and his wife Magdalena Navas. Ryan's grandfather, who hailed from Cork, had supposedly set foot...

SALVESEN, HAROLD KEITH 1897 - 1970
Scotland

whaling company owner, was born on 30 July 1897 in Edinburgh, second son of Theodore Salvesen and Annie, neé Burnet. His grandfather Christian Salvesen had arrived in Scotland from Norway in 1851...

SANGUINETO, PEDRO PABLO Y BASSO 1756 - after 1796
Spain

Spanish naval officer, was born in Cartagena in 1756, possibly on 29 June if his parents christened their offspring after the saints of the day. Sanguineto began his military career as a cadet in...

SANGUINETTI, FREDERICK SHEDDEN 1847 - 1906
Jamaica (also England)

colonial secretary, was born in Jamaica on 13 September 1847, son of Moses, a sugar planter and a Justice of the Peace. His mother Eliza was the daughter of Samuel and Grace Shedden who lived in a...

SCHLOTTFELDT, HUGO fl 1890s
Germany

German shipping agent. The Kosmos shipping company provided the postal communications between the Falkland Islands and the outside world for the years 1880 to 1900. Schlottfeldt served as the agent...

SCHOFIELD, ROBERT 1798 - 1825
England

merchant, was born in Yorkshire around 1798 and emigrated with his family to Argentina, by way of Montevideo, in the early 1820s. In Buenos Aires he fell in with Louis VERNET and Jorge PACHECO and...

SCHRADER, CARL WILHELM OTTO 1871 - 1874
Germany

German astronomer and meteorologist (South Georgia), was born into a family of many respected scientists at Brunswick {Braunschweig} in Germany on 30 January 1852. He studied mathematics and...