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Alexander, Daniel Asher (1768–1846), architect and engineer, was born on 6 May 1768 in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, London, the son of Daniel Alexander, broker, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at St Paul's School and in 1782 he became a student at the ...

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J. H. Andrews

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Bald, William (1789/90–1857), surveyor and civil engineer, was born in Burntisland, Fife, and educated at Burntisland and in Edinburgh before becoming apprenticed to the eminent Scottish land surveyor, John Ainslie. From 1803 onwards he was employed on very extensive estate surveys throughout Scotland...

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Ronald Lindsay Prain

revised by Anita McConnell

Beatty, Sir (Alfred) Chester (1875–1968), mining engineer and art collector, was born on 7 February 1875 in New York city, the youngest of the three sons of John Cuming Beatty, banker, of New York city, and his wife, Hetty, daughter of William Gedney Bull...

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Benson, Sir John (1812–1874), architect and civil engineer, was born at Collooney, co. Sligo, the only son of John Benson. He attended the Royal Dublin Society's School of Architectural Drawing and worked for the office of public works on a number of buildings, including the Dominican church and convent in ...

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Brierly, Sir Oswald Walters (1817–1894), marine painter and naval engineer, was born at Chester on 19 May 1817, the son of Dr Thomas Brierly (d. in or before 1872), a physician and amateur artist. After schooling in Chester, he became a pupil at ...

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Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817–1894) by unknown engraver, pubd 1887 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burton, William Kinninmond (1856–1899), civil engineer and photographer, was born in Edinburgh on 11 May 1856, the eldest of four children of John Hill Burton (1809–1881), historiographer royal for Scotland, and his second wife, Katherine, née Innes (1824–1898). His maternal grandfather, Cosmo Nelson Innes (1798–1874)...

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Cabanel, Rudolphe (1762/3–1839), engineer and theatre designer, was 'a native' of Aachen (some accounts say Liège) but lived in London for most of his life. Little is known of his family or his early years. His mother was probably Victoire Cabanel, a dancer. His father seems to have been an actor and pyrotechnist. ...

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Castle, Richard (d. 1751), architect and engineer, may have adopted his surname, which also appears as Castles, Cassel, and Cassels, to indicate a connection with Kassel in Germany. According to the biography in Anthologia Hibernica for October 1793, which is the principal source of information about him, he was born in ...

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Caus, Salomon de (c. 1576–1626), engineer and architect, was born in the pays de Caux (whence derived the family name) in Normandy, probably in Dieppe. He was a relative (possibly an uncle) of Isaac de Caus (1589/90–1648). In all probability Salomon's parents were Huguenots who took refuge in ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Diana Cressy Burfield

Cresy, Edward (1792–1858), architect and civil engineer, was born on 7 May 1792 at Dartford, Kent, the only child of Edward Cresy (bap. 1764, d. 1838), a prosperous builder, and his wife, Lydia (bap. 1765, d. 1848), daughter of William and Lydia Muggeridge...

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Denton, John Bailey (1814–1893), surveyor and civil engineer, was born on 26 November 1814, the second son of Samuel Denton, a solicitor of Gray's Inn, London, and his wife, Helena Cornelia. After limited schooling he was articled in 1830 to Anthony Jackson of ...

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Ducart, Davis (d. 1780x86), engineer and architect, has been variously described as 'an English Engineer who had been long in the Sardinian service' (Mullins, 26), 'an Italian Engineer and very ingenious architect' (Hutton, 2.127), and a 'French architect' (...

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Foord, Joseph (1714–1788), land surveyor and hydraulic engineer, was born on 13 July 1714 at Fadmoor, near Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire, the third of the four children of Matthew Foord (bap. 1682, d. 1744), Quaker farmer and land agent of the Duncombe Park...

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Foster, John (1759–1827), architect and engineer, was born in Liverpool, the son of John Foster (d. 1801), master joiner, and his wife, Isabella. Although little known outside Liverpool, Foster's career was the archetypal tale of success in a boom town. Apprenticed as a joiner under his father, he purchased his freedom of the borough for ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by Dale Dishon

Fowke, Francis (1823–1865), engineer and architect, was born on 7 July 1823 at Ballysillan, Belfast, the eldest of the three children of John Fowke (1794–1851), lieutenant in the 68th regiment of foot, and his first wife, Jane (1794–1827), daughter of John Stevenson Ferguson...

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Fulton, Robert (1765–1815), engineer and artist, the elder son in the family of three daughters and two sons of Robert Fulton (d. 1774?), a tailor, farmer, and tradesman, and his wife, Mary Smith (d. 1799), was born on 14 November 1765 at a farmhouse in ...

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Galloway, Christopher (fl. 1621–1645), architect and engineer, was sometimes known as Halloway and Holloway, and in Russian as Khristofor Khristoforov Galovey, Alavey, or Khalove. He worked in Moscow for over twenty years, but nothing is known about his early life or career; it is possible, however, that he was descended from ...

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Gough, Alexander Dick (1804–1871), architect and engineer, was born on 3 November 1804. Of his parents nothing is known. With his wife, Mary Ann, he had two sons: Charles H. Gough and Hugh Roumieu Gough. At the age of nineteen, after some foreign travel, he became a pupil of ...