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Baker, Humphrey (fl. 1557–1574), writer on astrology and arithmetic, whose origins are unknown, was living in London when his almanac was published in 1557. A small volume, printed in black letter, it was entitled The rules and right ample documentes, touchinge the use and practise of the common almanackes, which are named ephemerides: a briefe … introduction upon the iudicall astrologie … with a treatise … touching the coniunction of the planets … the hole faithfully and clerely translated into Englysche by Humprey Baker BL...

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Brown, George (c. 1650–1730), arithmetician and minister of religion, may be identifiable with the George Brown who attended the University of Aberdeen from 1664, graduating MA in 1668. He married Elspeth Anderson in Edinburgh on 13 January 1674, when he was described as a mathematician. Some time between 1682 and 1684 he became minister at ...

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Henry Bradley

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Buxton, Jedidiah (1707–1772), mental arithmetician, was born on 20 March 1707 at Elmton, Derbyshire, the eldest of four surviving children of William Buxton (1672–1739), originally from Chelmorton, but then a farmer and schoolmaster of Elmton, and his wife, Sarah (1677–1760), daughter of John Short...

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Cocker, Edward (1631/2–1676), calligrapher and arithmetician, is sometimes said to have come from Northamptonshire but this is unsubstantiated. Nothing is known of his parentage and early life. He published five copybooks in 1657; one, The Pen's Triumph, mentions an earlier Pen's Experience, now untraced, as his first work. By 1657 he was married, and teaching writing and arithmetic in ...

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Greig, John (1758/9–1819), writer on arithmetic and astronomy, was a graduate of Aberdeen. By 1800 he was a private teacher of writing, geography, and mathematics in London, and he is mentioned as teaching at Chelsea during the period 1809–16. He is known as the author of six texts on arithmetic and astronomy. The most popular, ...

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Hodder, James (fl. 1659–1673), arithmetician, also taught writing, shorthand, and accounting at his school 'next dore to the Sunne' in Tokenhouse Yard, Lothbury, City of London. He is first known as author of The Penman's Recreation, published about 1660 (2nd edn, 1673), which has a preface by him dated 1659. It was 'invented and written' by ...

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Mellis, John (fl. c. 1564–1588), writer on arithmetic and bookkeeping, came from Norwich, but few details of his life are known and there is no record of his death. He had (according to himself) a natural genius for drawing proportions, maps, cards, buildings, and plates. He attended a ...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Simpson, Nathaniel (1599–1642), writer on arithmetic, born at Skipton in Yorkshire, was probably a member of the Simpson family of Havery Park. He entered Trinity College, Oxford, matriculating on 10 May 1616, and graduating BA on 25 November 1619 and MA on 26 May 1623. In 1630 ...

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Walkingame, Francis (bap. 1723, d. 1783), schoolmaster and writer on arithmetic, was baptized on 25 July 1723 at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, the only surviving son of John Walkingame (d. 1752), agent to the Marchant Water Works, and Elizabeth (d. in or before 1752)...