Blunt, Anne (1837–1917)

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Blunt, Anne (1837–1917)

British explorer. Name variations: Baroness Wentworth; Anne Blount. Born Anne Isabella King, Sept 22, 1837; died in Cairo, Egypt, 1917; dau. of Ada Byron, countess of Lovelace (1815–1852), and Lord William Noel King, 1st earl of Lovelace; m. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840–1922, poet, traveler, and diplomat), 1869; children: 1 daughter.

Arabic scholar, equestrian, musician, traveler and writer, was the 1st Englishwoman to explore the Arabian peninsula; with husband, traveled in Turkey, Algiers, Egypt, and visited India (1878 and 1883–84); described the desert journey from Aleppo to Baghdad in The Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates (1878); other desert excursions, including penetration of the unknown territory of Nedj, is described in Pilgrimage to Nedj (1881); settled in Egypt (1906), trading and breeding Arabian horses.