Search for the name, locality, period or a feature of a locality. You'll then be taken to a map showing results.

Mr Francis Fox Tuckett

Francis Fox Tuckett (1834–1913) was a prominent British mountaineer, alpinist, and explorer known for his significant contributions to the development of mountaineering in the 19th century. Born on May 4, 1834, in Frenchay, Bristol, England, Tuckett dedicated his life to the pursuit of adventure and exploration in the world's mountainous regions.

Tuckett's interest in mountaineering was sparked during his youth, and he became one of the pioneering figures in the Golden Age of Alpinism. In 1859, he embarked on a journey to the Alps, marking the beginning of his extensive mountaineering career. His accomplishments in the Alps include numerous first ascents and challenging climbs. Tuckett's mountaineering achievements were not only a testament to his skill and courage but also played a crucial role in advancing the sport.

One of his notable expeditions was in 1862, when he attempted to climb the Matterhorn, a formidable peak in the Pennine Alps. Tuckett's team faced challenges, and the expedition did not reach the summit, but their efforts paved the way for future climbers. The first successful ascent of the Matterhorn took place in 1865, led by Edward Whymper. He was vice-president of the English Alpine Club between 1866-8.

Beyond the Alps, Tuckett ventured into other mountainous regions, including the Caucasus and the Himalayas. His explorations were characterized by a scientific approach, as he conducted observations and measurements during his ascents. Tuckett's meticulous documentation contributed to the understanding of mountain environments and laid the groundwork for future scientific studies in alpine regions.

Apart from his mountaineering pursuits, Tuckett was actively involved in the Alpine Club, a prestigious organization dedicated to promoting mountaineering. He served as the club's president from 1876 to 1878, further influencing the direction of mountaineering as a sport.

Francis Fox Tuckett continued to explore and climb well into his later years. His passion for mountaineering and his pioneering spirit inspired generations of climbers. Tuckett passed away on June 20, 1913, leaving behind a legacy that enriched the world of mountaineering and exploration. During his travels who collected a large collection of objects and plants, which by 1917 had been donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.


  1. Stephen Goodwin, "Tuckett, Francis Fox (1834–1913)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2006 [].
  2. Alan Hankinson, "Francis Fox Tuckett: A Victorian Mountaineer," Baton Wicks Publications, 2001.
  3. Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee (eds.), "Tuckett, Francis Fox," Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 19, Smith, Elder & Co., 1909, pp. 698–699.