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Brewer, James Norris (fl. 1799–1830), novelist and topographer, was the eldest son of a merchant of London. He married the daughter of a gentleman at Clapham. He wrote many romances which have been long forgotten, ranging from A Winter's Tale, a Romance (1799), and ...

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Samuel Buck (1696–1779) by Richard Houston, pubd 1774 (after Joseph Highmore) [Buck brothers [left to right]: and Nathaniel Buck (1724-1759)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buck, Samuel (1696–1779), topographical draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher, is usually said to have been born in Richmond, Yorkshire, though firm evidence of his birth place is lacking. Hauxwell, 4½ miles south of Richmond, has also been suggested. His father was living near ...

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Butterworth, Edwin (1812–1848), topographer and journalist, was the tenth child of James Butterworth (1771–1837) and his wife, Hannah Boyton (or Royton; 1774–1836). He was born at Pitses, near Oldham, on 1 October 1812. From childhood Edwin assisted his father, a well-known local historian and publisher, in the preparation of his works, but from the age of sixteen he was writing and publishing on his own account. He produced town histories, cartographical surveys, reports of charities and local societies, and a miscellany of topographical and historical material. By the late 1830s he was becoming particularly interested in the collection and presentation of statistical information on the economic and social trends of ...

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Glover, Stephen (bap. 1794, d. 1869), publisher and topographer, was baptized on 20 February 1794 at Long Clawson, Leicestershire, the son of William and Jane Glover. He moved to Derby as a young man and was apprenticed for five years to an iron-founder, ...

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Harrod, William (bap. 1753, d. 1819), topographer and printer, was baptized on 15 February 1753 at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, the eldest of five children of William Harrod (bap. 1730, d. 1805) and his wife, Deborah (c.1723–1806). His father was a printer and bookseller who served as master of ...

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Heath, Charles (1761–1830), topographical printer, was a native of Hurcott, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, where his father owned extensive paper mills. He was educated in a school at Hartlebury in Worcestershire and served an apprenticeship as a printer in Nottingham. In 1791 he set up his own press at ...

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(Alexander) Keith Johnston the younger (1844–1879) by unknown engraver, pubd 1879 (after C. Henwood) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Johnston, (Alexander) Keith, the younger (1844–1879), geographer and map publisher, was the only son of (Alexander) Keith Johnston, the elder (1804–1871), and Margaret, daughter of Robert Gray of Edinburgh. He was born in Edinburgh on 24 November 1844, was educated at the Edinburgh Institution...

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Gordon Goodwin

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McKay, Archibald (1801–1883), poet and topographer, was born at Kilmarnock, the son of Alexander McKay, farmer, and his wife, Janet, née McGill. After receiving a rudimentary education he was apprenticed to a hand-loom weaver, but subsequently became a bookbinder. He also operated a circulating library in ...

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Mercer, Andrew (1775–1842), poet and topographer, was born in Selkirk. He was destined for the ministry, and in 1790 entered the University of Edinburgh. Ultimately he gave up theology, studied the fine arts, and tried unsuccessfully to make a living in Edinburgh as a miniature-painter, teacher of drawing, and man of letters. He wrote both in prose and verse for ...

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Ogilby, John (1600–1676), publisher and geographer, was born on 17 November 1600 at 'Kellemeane', near Dundee, Forfarshire. Nothing is known either of his parents or of his early education, and even the date of his birth is known only from later statements by ...

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John Ogilby (1600–1676) by William Faithorne the elder, pubd 1654 (after Sir Peter Lely) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reader, William (1782–1852), newspaper proprietor and topographer, was born on 28 December 1782 at High Cross, near Rowington, Warwickshire, one of eleven children of William Reader (1752–1808), farmer, and his wife, Mary, née White (1758–1837). The young William was adopted c.1785 by his great-uncle the antiquarian ...

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Rudder, Samuel (bap. 1726, d. 1801), topographer and printer, was baptized on 5 December 1726 at Uley, Gloucestershire, the son of Roger Rudder (c.1687–1771), a shopkeeper and pig-killer, and his wife, Lydia Hillier. Nothing is known of his youth or of his education, which his accomplishments suggest was at a grammar school. He was in business at ...

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Watson, (James) Wreford (1915–1990), geographer and poet, was born on 8 February 1915 in Sanyuan, Shensi (Shanxi), China, the third of five children of the Revd James Watson (1878–1952), and Evelyn Russell (d. 1926). His parents were Scottish Baptist missionaries in the ...

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Willes, Richard (1546–1579?), poet and geographer, was born on 5 January 1546, one of several sons of a yeoman, possibly Catholic, family of Pulham, Dorset. In 1558 he went to Winchester College, where he was taught by Christopher Johnson, and to New College, Oxford...