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Ainslie, John (1745–1828), cartographer and land surveyor, was born on 22 April 1745 in Jedburgh, the younger son and younger child of John Ainslie, druggist in Jedburgh, writer to the signet, and burgess of the burgh. He may have been educated at Jedburgh grammar school...

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Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman, was born on 2 June 1857 in Highholborn Street, Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest legitimate son of William Barnes (1832–1891) and his wife, Amelia, née Johnson (c.1834–1893), coffee planters of Kraal district in the mountains of ...

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Catherwood, Frederick (1799–1854), architect and traveller, was born in Charles Square, Hoxton, London, on 27 February 1799, the son of John James Catherwood (1752–1829), receiver of corn returns (c.1779–1813) and partner with Henry Caslon from 1814 to 1821 in the Caslon...

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Ferguson, George Ekem (1864–1897), surveyor and colonial agent, was born on 14 July 1864 at Anomabu, in the British west African colony of the Gold Coast, the surviving twin son of Robert Archibald Ferguson, a commercial agent for A. and F. Swanzy, and his wife, ...

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Greenwood, Christopher (1786–1855), land surveyor and map maker, was born on 21 May 1786 at Coverdale in Gisburn parish, Yorkshire, the third of the ten children of John Greenwood, grazier, and his wife, Ellen (née Bullock). The family had been long established in the district. After learning his trade, and presumably practising locally for some years, he set up in ...

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Kelsall, Charles (1782–1857), traveller and architect, was baptized on 1 August 1782 at Greenwich, Kent, the son of Thomas Kelsall, a member of the council of the East India Company and his wife, Sarah. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge...

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Rocque, John (1704?–1762), land surveyor and cartographer, was born in France, one of four children of a Huguenot family which settled in Geneva after fleeing France. He probably arrived in England in 1709, though his life before his publishing career began in 1734 is obscure. He always remained in close touch with the French protestant community in ...

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Spyers, John (c. 1731–1798), surveyor and topographical artist, was the third son of Christopher Spyers (1690–1737), a gardener and nurseryman of Isleworth, Middlesex, and his wife, Anne (d. 1751). John appears to have joined his paternal uncle Joshua (d. 1768) in a successful nursery business in ...

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Stuart, John McDouall (1815–1866), land surveyor and explorer in Australia, was born in Rectory Lane, Dysart, Fife, on 7 September 1815, the fourth of the seven (possibly nine) children and third (or fifth) son of William Stuart, a customs officer and retired army...

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Turnor, Philip (1750/51–1799/1800), land surveyor and map maker, came from Laleham, Middlesex, and was originally engaged in farming. He first comes to notice in the records of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) for 1778. By this date the HBC committee in London had a tradition of developing strategies and issuing instructions for its operations more than ...