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Adair, John (1660–1718), geographer and cartographer, was born on 2 September 1660 in Leith, Scotland. Nothing is known of his parents or his early education. The first firm reference to Adair dates from May 1681, when he was granted a licence by the ...

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Harley, (John) Brian (1932–1991), geographer and map historian, was born on 24 July 1932 in Ashley, Bristol, and spent some of his infant years in Oxford. On 15 March 1935 he was adopted by John Jack Harley (b. 1883), farmer, and his wife, ...

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(Alexander) Keith Johnston the elder (1804–1871) by Maull & Polyblank The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Johnston, (Alexander) Keith, the elder (1804–1871), geographer and cartographer, was the fourth son of Andrew Johnston and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Archibald Keith of Newbattle. He was born on 28 December 1804 at Kirkhill, Midlothian, and was educated at the High School...

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Moll, Herman (1654?–1732), geographer and cartographer, was born in the Hanseatic city-state of Bremen and went to London about 1675, possibly as a refugee from the turmoil of the Scanian Wars of 1674 to 1679. Nothing is known of his parents but his German origins seem certain. The antiquary ...

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August Heinrich Petermann (1822–1878) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Petermann, August Heinrich (1822–1878), geographer and cartographer, was born in April 1822 (probably on the 1st) in Bleicherode am Eichsfelde, Prussia, the second of six children born to Katherine Henrietta and August Rudolf Petermann. He attended elementary school in Bleicherode and, from 1836 to 1839, the ...

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Ravenhill, William Lionel Desmond (1919–1995), geographer and historian of cartography, was born on 30 December 1919 in Carmarthen, the son of George Ravenhill (c.1880–1967), a master plumber, and his wife, Elizabeth (1893–1993). He had a brother and a sister. Ravenhill won a scholarship to ...

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Ernst Georg Ravenstein (1834–1913) by unknown photographer [detail] The Royal Geographical Society, London