Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 – 20 October 1890) was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.
Finding the site was a simple walk (or ride) along the North Walpole Way path by the side of Mortlake Station train track. And you can even climb up a little ladder in the back to see through a window into the tomb to see the coffins of Sir Richard Burton and his wife Isabel Arundell & artefacts from his life. Something different to see if your find yourself lost in Mortlake one day!