William John Bankes

William John Bankes (11 December 1786 – 15 April 1855), the second, but first surviving son of Henry Bankes, was a notable explorer, Egyptologist and adventurer. He was a member of the Bankes family of Dorset and he had Sir Charles Barry recase Kingston Lacy in stone as it is today. He travelled extensively to the Near East and Egypt and made an extensive individual collection of Egyptian artifacts. His work on Egypt although not acknowledged until recently is vastly important. He was good friends with Lord Byron, Samuel Rogers and Sir Charles Barry. He also served as Tory Member of Parliament (MP) for Truro in 1810, for Cambridge University from 1822 to 1826, for Marlborough from 1829 to 1832 and finally for Dorset from 1832 to 1835.

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