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On the Banks of the Amazon

On the Banks of the Amazon
William Henry Giles Kingston was born in Harley Street, London, on 28 February 1814. He was the eldest son of Lucy Henry Kingston (d.1852) and his wife Frances Sophia Rooke (b.1789), daughter of Sir Giles Rooke, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Kingston's paternal grandfather, John Kingston (1736-1820), was a Member of Parliament who despite having a plantation in Demerara staunchly supported the Abolition of the Slave Trade. His father, Lucy, entered into the wine business in Oporto,[1] and Kingston lived there for many years, making frequent voyages to England and contracting a lifelong affection for the sea.

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