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Thomas Frederick Colby (1784–1852) by William Brockedon, 1837 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colby, Thomas Frederick (1784–1852), surveyor and army officer, was the eldest child of Major Thomas Colby (d. 1813), Royal Marines, and his wife, Cornelia Hadden, sister of Major-General John Murray Hadden, Royal Artillery, surveyor-general of the ordnance. He was born in the parish of ...

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Couchman, Sir Harold John (1882–1956), army officer and surveyor, was born on 29 July 1882 in Haileybury, Hertfordshire, the youngest child of the two sons and two daughters of the Revd Henry Couchman (1839–1922), assistant master of Haileybury College, and his wife, Mary Jane Pooley (1843–1933)...

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Gerard, James Gilbert (1793–1835), East India Company military surgeon and surveyor, son of Gilbert Gerard, DD (1760–1815) and his wife, Helen, daughter of John Duncan, provost of Aberdeen, and brother of Alexander Gerard and Patrick Gerard, was born in the parish of Old Machar, Aberdeenshire...

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Jones, James Felix (1813/14–1878), officer in the Indian navy and surveyor, joined the Bombay marine on 14 June 1828 when he was fourteen years old. As midshipman and lieutenant of the East India Company's ship Palinurus, under Commander Robert Moresby, engaged in the survey of the northern part of the ...

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Colin Mackenzie (1753–1821) by Thomas Hickey, 1816 The British Library

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Mackenzie, Colin (1753–1821), military engineer and surveyor, was born at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, one of four children of Murdoch Mackenzie, merchant and postmaster, and his wife, Barbara. Little is known of his early life. His friend Alexander Johnston (1775–1849)...

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Newcombe, Stewart Francis (1878–1956), army officer and surveyor, was born in Mount Street, Brecon, on 9 July 1878, the third of four sons of Edward Newcombe (1842–1886), civil engineer, and his wife, Maria Louisa, née Prangley (1844–1901). He grew up in a family with strong ties to the early development of railways: his father had helped build the first railways in ...

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Palmer, Henry Spencer (1838–1893), soldier and surveyor, third and youngest son of Colonel John Freke Palmer of the Madras staff corps of the East India Company's army, and his wife, Jane (d. 1838), daughter of John James of Truro and sister of ...

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Portlock, Joseph Ellison (1794–1864), surveyor, army officer, and geologist, the only son of Captain Nathaniel Portlock (d. 1817), was born at Gosport, Hampshire, on 30 September 1794. After passing through the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, he was commissioned second lieutenant, Royal Engineers...

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Joseph Ellison Portlock (1794–1864) by Maull & Polyblank, 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Roy, William (1726–1790), surveyor and founder of the Ordnance Survey, was born on 4 May 1726 at Miltonhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the second child of John Roy (d. 1748), factor to Sir William Gordon of Milton and, after 1737, an ordained elder of the kirk, and his wife, ...

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Stotherd, Richard Hugh (1828–1895), army officer and surveyor, son of General Richard J. Stotherd (1796–1879), colonel-commandant Royal Engineers, and his first wife, Elizabeth Sydney (d. 1853), daughter of Hugh Boyle, of Dungiven, co. Londonderry, was born at Angler Castle, co. Tyrone, on 25 November 1828. His father, who came of a ...

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Thuillier, Sir Henry Edward Landor (1813–1906), army officer and surveyor, born at Bath on 10 July 1813, was the youngest of eleven children (five sons and six daughters) of John Pierre Thuillier, merchant, of Cadiz and Bath, and his wife, Julia, daughter of ...

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Walker, James Thomas (1826–1896), army officer and surveyor, eldest son of John Walker of the Madras civil service, sometime judge at Cannanore, and his wife, Margaret Allan (d. 1830) of Edinburgh, was born at Cannanore, India, on 1 December 1826. He was educated by a private tutor in ...

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Sir Andrew Scott Waugh (1810–1878) by unknown photographer, c. 1860 The British Library

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Waugh, Sir Andrew Scott (1810–1878), army officer and surveyor, eldest son of General Gilbert Waugh, military auditor-general at Madras, grandson of Colonel Gilbert Waugh of Gracemount, Midlothian (descended from Waugh of Shaw, standard-bearer at Flodden Field), and nephew of Sir Murray Maxwell...