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52   NOTEWORTHY FAMILIES

bro, W. Gifford Palgrave (1826-1888), traveller .and diplomatist; at twenty years of age gained first-class Lit. Hum. and second -class Math. ; became Roman Catholic, and travelled as Jesuit missionary in Syria and Arabia, disguised for the purpose. Author of " A Year's journey through Eastern and Central Arabia." Severed his connection with the Jesuits in 1865, and thenceforward served as English diplomatist in various distant countries.-[" Dict. N. Biog."]

bro, Sir Reginald F. D. Palgrave (1829-1904), K.C.B., Clerk of the House of Commons. Author of " Oliver Cromwell the Protector," etc.-[" Who's Who."]

me si son, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, F.R.S.

(q.v.).

Lawrence Parsons (b. 1840), fourth Earl of Rosse, D.C.L., LL.D., Camb. and Dublin, F.R.S. ; Chancellor of University of Dublin; author of "Memoirs of Heat of Moon and Stars " (based on experiments with the famous reflecting telescope made by his father), and on other subjects.-[" Who's Who."]

fa, William Parsons (1800-1867), third Earl of Rosse, Pres. R.S. ; constructor of the great reflecting telescope at Parsonstown, and first discoverer by its means of nebula and other celestial phenomena.

[" Dict. N. Biog."]

bi-o, Charles Algernon Parsons (b. 1854), D.Sc.,