Freshfield, Douglas William

MOUNTAIN EXPLORER, GEOGRAPHER, LAWYER (GREAT BRITAIN)
BORN 27 Apr 1845, London - DIED 9 Feb 1934, Forest Row, Sussex: Wych Cross Place
GRAVE LOCATION Woking, Surrey: Brookwood Cemetery (Plot 044)

Douglas William Freshfield was the son of a lawyer. Hios mother was a daughter of William Crawford, a Member of Parliament for the City of London. He was educated at Eton and Oxford. In 1870 he was called to the bar.

From an early age he loved to travel and was an active mountaineer. He explored the Caucasus, Kangchenjunga, Uganda and other places. In 1869 he married Augusta Charlotte Ritchie (1847-1911). From 1872 to 1880 he was the editor of the Alpine Journal. In 1881 he became joint secretary of the Royal Geographic Society.

Violet Needham, his neighbour at Forest Row was a close friend and she probably based personalites in her novels on him.

Sources
• Clarke, John M., London's Necropolis, A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 2004
Douglas Freshfield - Wikipedia

Images

The grave of Douglas William Freshfield at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)

 

The grave of Douglas William Freshfield at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking.
Picture by Androom (25 Jun 2009)

 


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Published: 20 Nov 2009
Last update: 20 Nov 2009