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Smith, Walter Perry Haskett (1859-1946)

Williams, Christopher 2013. Smith, Walter Perry Haskett (1859-1946). In: Cannadine, David ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press,

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Smith, Walter Parry Haskett (1859–1946), rock climber, was born at Bognor, Sussex, on 28 August 1859, the second son of Haskett Smith (1813–1895), of Trowswell, Goudhurst, Kent, landowner and farmer, and his wife, Anne, née Davies, formerly Britten (1819–1893). He was educated at Eton College, where he enjoyed a reputation as both an athlete and a scholar of some promise, and read classics at Trinity College, Oxford, where he held a scholarship, graduating in 1882 with a third-class degree, an athletics blue, and the unofficial long-jump record (25.5 feet). He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1885, but appears never to have practised. Instead he relied on his private income to facilitate a life of travel and scholarly inquiry.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978019671540
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2020 15:11

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