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Dixon, Jeremiah (1733–1779), surveyor and astronomer, was born in Bishop Auckland, co. Durham, on 27 July 1733, the fifth of the seven children of George Dixon, a well-to-do Quaker coalmine owner, and his wife, Mary Hunter of Newcastle. He was educated at John Kipling's school...

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Dunthorne, Richard (1711–1775), astronomer and surveyor, was born at Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, where his father was a gardener. His progress at the free grammar school in Ramsey caught the attention of Dr Roger Long, master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, who employed him at Pembroke College...