Godfrey Vigne

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Godfrey Thomas Vigne (born 1 September 1801; died 12 July 1863 at Woodford Wells, Essex) was an English amateur cricketer and traveller.

Early life[edit]

Vigne was born on 1 September 1801 at Walthamstow, then in Essex, the eldest son of Thomas Vigne. He entered Harrow School in 1817. He became a barrister in 1824, and was a member of Lincoln's Inn.[1]

Cricketing career[edit]

He was mainly associated with Hampshire and he made 11 known appearances in first-class matches from 1819 to 1845.[2]


In 1831 Vigne left England for Persia, and then travelled to India. He spent the next seven years travelling in north west India and Central Asia.[1] Between 1835 and 1838 he travelled extensively in Kashmir and Ladakh, and was the first European known to have visited Baltistan. He was the first to describe Nanga Parbat.[3]

In 1836 Vigne visited Afghanistan, and met the emir, Dost Mohammed. He was said to be the first Englishman to have visited Kabul.[1]

After 1852 Vigne travelled in Mexico, Nicaragua, the West Indies and the United States.

He published several books describing his travels.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d  Carlyle, Edward Irving (1885–1900). "Vigne, Godfrey Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
  3. ^ Keay, John (1977). When Men and Mountains Meet. pp. 83–98. ISBN 0-7126-0196-1. 


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