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Fletcher, Abraham (1714–1793), teacher of mathematics and medical practitioner, was born on 1 November 1714 at Little Broughton, Bridekirk, Cumberland, the eldest of seven children of Joseph Fletcher, a tobacco-pipe maker, and his wife, Elizabeth Palmer. He was largely self-educated, though he is said to have attended the village school for some months. He was intended to practise in his father's trade which, combined with some land that the family had inherited, offered a meagre income. In 1735 he married ...