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Ainsworth, William Francis (1807–1896), geographer and geologist, was born on 9 November 1807, in Exeter, the third son of John Ainsworth of Rostherne, Cheshire, army officer. At the suggestion of his cousin, the novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, he adopted the additional forename Francis...


Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, baronet (1792–1871) by Camille Silvy, 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, baronet (1792–1871), geologist and geographer, born on 19 February 1792 at Tarradale in Easter Ross, was the elder son of Kenneth Murchison and his wife, Barbara, the daughter of Roderick Mackenzie of Fairburn. The Murchisons were a highland clan who lost their ancestral lands for participating in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745. ...