Biographies

RYDER, ROBERT (Red) EDWARD DUDLEY 1908-1986
England

naval officer, recipient of the Victoria Cross, and sailing master, was born at Dehra Dun in Northern India on16 February 1908 to Colonel Charles Henry Dudley Ryder (b.1868 d.1945) CB, CIE, DSO,...

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 1849-1927
Germany

German shipping agent, was born on 7 June 1849 (and baptized on 22 July 1849) in the city of Neumünster (Schleswig-Holstein), one of the sons of Customs Officer Julius Theodor Schlottfeldt (born...

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 1852 - 1930
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...

SCHULZ, GUSTAV OTTO 1849 - 1912
Germany

German traveller and photographer, was born in Gornitz, Prussia {near Poznan in Poland} around 1849.

In early 1875 he married an English girl, Sarah Smith, and began to live in Brighton (Sussex)...

SCOTT, Sir PETER MARKHAM 1909 - 1989
England

conservationist and artist, was born on 14 September 1909 in London, only child of the explorer Robert Falcon Scott and the sculptress Kathleen Bruce.

Peter Scott never knew his father who died in...

SEEMANN, JHMC fl 1880s
Germany

German captain and shipping agent (1880-1886).

The signing of the postal contract with the Kosmos company was the outcome of a dispute in 1880 between Governor CALLAGHAN and FE COBB, colonial...

SHACKLETON, EDWARD ARTHUR 1911 - 1994
England

statesman and baron, the second son of the explorer Sir Ernest SHACKLETON and Emily Shackleton, née Dorman was born in London on 15 July 1911.

Edward Shackleton scarcely knew his father, who died...

SHACKLETON, Sir ERNEST HENRY (The Boss) 1874 - 1922
Ireland

Anglo-Irish explorer, was born on 15 February 1874 at Kilkea in Co Kildare, Ireland, the second in a family of two sons and eight daughters born to Henry Shackleton and Henrietta, née Gavan. The...

SHEPPARD, ROBERT CARL 1897 - 1954
Canada

master mariner, born in St John’s Newfoundland on 31 January 1897 to Anna Laura Sheppard (née Davis) of Harbour Grace and Robert Sheppard of St John’s, also a master mariner.

After schooling at...

SHERIDAN, DUFFY b 1947
United States

American artist, was born on 2 August 1947 in Lakeport, California, the son of Sara and John Sheridan.

His father, a construction superintendent, was also an extraordinary painter and draftsman who...

SIMON, JEAN (Juan) 1802 - 1833
France (also Argentina)

French gaucho and foreman, first appears in the VERNET financial accounts as a gaucho paid for guarding Vernet's horses near Río Negro in November 1825. Simon is first mentioned actually in the...

SKOTTSBERG, CARL JOHAN FREDRIK 1880 - 1963
Sweden

Swedish botanist, was born on 1 December 1880 in Karlshamn, Sweden and had his early schooling there.

His father was a schoolmaster but died when Skottsberg was 6 years old, and a few years later,...

SLACUM, GEORGE WASHINGTON 1793/4 - 1861
United States

US consul, was born in 1793 or 1794, most likely in Alexandria, Virginia, the eldest son of a prominent Virginia family headed by Captain George and Mrs Jane H Slacum. While little is known about...

SLAUGHTER, JOHN HENRY 1818 - ?1885
England

clerk, was born in Walmer, Kent in 1818, the son of Captain William Slaughter, CB, KCH. He sought a post in the colonial service and was appointed clerk to Governor MOODY at Port Louis, arriving in...

SLAUGHTER, THOMAS GEORGE 1880 - 1962
England

manager, was born near Bolsover, Derbyshire on 23 June 1880, the third of the eight children of Dr John Slaughter and Edith Slaughter, née Jarvis. The early death of his father meant that money was...

SLESSOR, ROBERT STEWART 1912 - 1985
Scotland

medical officer, was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland, on 2 November 1912.

His father, Dr Robert Slessor, was a local physician, and he had one brother and two sisters. He was educated at Fraserburgh...

SLOGGIE, ALEXANDER (Alastair) 1928 - 2002
Scotland

FIC colonial manager, was born in East Wemyss, Fife, Scotland on 28 October 1928, the only child of James Sloggie and Agnes Sloggie, née Smith.

He was educated at Dumfries Academy, gaining his...

SMITH, HENRY 1797 - 1854
Canada (also England)

naval officer in charge, was baptised in Montreal, Canada on 4 July 1797, son of Henry and Mary Smith. His first ship was the Courageux, which he joined in May 1810.

In 1832 Smith was first officer...

SMITH, JAMES 1841 - 1917
Scotland

carpenter and agitator, was probably born in Scotland. Certainly he married his wife Elizabeth there on 1 July 1867 and they arrived, with passages paid by the FIC and the Land and Emigration...

SMITH, THOMAS W c 1801 - c1840
England

sealer and writer, appears to have been born in Lewisham, near London, about 1801. The early death of his father and problems with his widowed mother's family resulted in his running away and...

SMYLEY, WILLIAM HORTON (various spellings) 1792 - 1868
United States

American sea captain and consul, was born in Providence, Rhode Island. James W Smyley, a ship's master who visited the Falklands in the 1840s may have been a brother. WH Smyley's letters, with...