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.
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. 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.
After 1852 Vigne travelled in Mexico, Nicaragua, the West Indies and the United States.
He published several books describing his travels.
- Outline of a Route Through the Panj-áb, Kábul, Kashmír, and into Little Tibet, in the Years 1834-8. Publisher: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Volume 9, 1 January 1839
- A personal narrative of a visit to Ghuzni, Kabul, and Afghanistan, and of a residence at the court of Dost Mohamed with notices of Runjit Sing, Khiva, and the Russian expedition. With illus. from drawings made by the author on the spot. Publisher: Whitacker & Co., London, 1840
- Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the countries adjoining the mountain-course of the Indus, and the Himalaya, north of the Panjab. Volume I. Publisher: Henry Colburn London, 1842
- Travels in Kashmir, Ladak, Iskardo, the countries adjoining the mountain-course of the Indus, and the Himalaya, north of the Panjab. Volume II. Publisher: Henry Colburn London, 1842
- Observation on the Vegetation and Products of Afghanistan, Kaschmir and Tibet by J. Forbes Royal M.D. F.R.S.
- Vigne, Godfrey Thomas by Edward Irving Carlyle in: Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 58
- Cricket Archive record
- Books by Godfrey Thomas Vigne Internet Archive – online
- Watercolour Paintings by Godfrey Thomas Vigne in VAM Museum
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