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Sir Charles Fellows

Sir Charles Fellows

Birth
Nottingham Unitary Authority, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 8 Nov 1860 (aged 61)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 6583 · View Source
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Adventurer. Born in Nottinghamshire, England, as a youth he traveled extensively in Britain, and at fourteen drew sketches of a trip to the Newstead Abbey ruins, which eventually appeared in Moore's "Life of Lord Byron." He settled in London in 1820 where he became active in the British Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1827 he made what was only the 13th recorded ascent of Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border. He then traveled in Italy, Greece, and Asia Minor, where in 1838 he discovered the ruins of Xanthos, the ancient capital of Lycia during an exploration of the Xanthus River, as well as the ruins of Tlos. The following year he returned to England and published "A Journal Written during an Excursion in Asia Minor." He made three more expeditions to Lycia, in 1839, 1841, and 1844, under the auspices of the British Museum during which he discovered the ruins of 13 more cities. In 1841 he published "An Account of Discoveries in Lycia, Being a Journal Kept During a Second Excursion in Asia Minor." He obtained a firman from Constantinople allowing him to excavate and export his finds. He shipped twenty-seven cases of marble tomb sculptures and an additional 51 crates of architectural fragments and miscellany to the British Museum, chiefly from his discoveries at Xanthus, Pinara, Patara, Tlos, Myra, and Olympus. In 1844 the British Museum was gifted with his portfolios, accounts of his expeditions, and specimens of natural history of Lycia. In 1845 he was knighted for his efforts. He published "An Account of the Ionic Trophy Monument excavated at Xanthus" in 1848; and "Coins of Ancient Lycia before the Reign of Alexander" in 1855. His entire career was self-funded, he paid his own expenses in all his travels. He died in London about age 61.

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  • Added: 8 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6583
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Charles Fellows (Aug 1799–8 Nov 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6583, citing Highgate Cemetery (West), Highgate, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .