Sir William Gell
Descended from an established Derbyshire family and educated at Cambridge, William Gell embarked on several groundbreaking expeditions to the eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the nineteenth century. His explorations included a systematic survey of the Greek mainland in the footsteps of Pausanius, a search for the site of Homeric Troy, and a study of Odysseus’ home island of Ithaca. Gell became known as “Classic Gell” and was knighted for his accomplishments. As a younger son and stepson, however, Gell’s financial prospects were precarious, therefore he welcomed an appointment as chamberlain in Caroline’s little court.