James Holman (1786 – 1857), The Blind Traveller. The letter concludes “Yours very sincerely, James Holman”, and the majority of it is easily decipherable. Holman is perhaps the most remarkable traveller of all time. Blinded by scurvy in 1810 when a Lieutenant in the Navy, he started his epic journeys in 1818. He is best known for his incredible 3,500 mile solo journey across Russia to Irkutsk, the Capitol of Eastern Siberia. On his return to the UK he dedicated himself to solo travel, journeying through Africa, South America, Australia, India and China at a time when most able-bodied people would have found such journeys to be virtually impossible.