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Brown, John (bap. 1756?, d. 1816), military engineer and artist, was the second son of George Brown, an Aberdeenshire land surveyor, and Barbara, née May. He was probably baptized in Perth on 20 November 1756. Nothing is known of his education or early life; but he must have trained as a surveyor. He went at an early age to ...

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Burgh, Thomas (1670–1730), military engineer and architect, was the third son of Ulysses Burgh (d. 1692) of Drumkeen, co. Limerick, dean of Emly and later bishop of Ardagh, and Mary, daughter of William Kingsmill of Ballibeg, co. Cork. After education at Delany's school...

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Drake, John Poad (bap. 1794, d. 1883), inventor and artist, son of Thomas Drake and his wife, Frances Poad, was born in Stoke Damerel, Devon, where he was baptized on 20 July 1794. A shipwright in the naval dockyard at Plymouth, Thomas Drake...

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Lee, Sir Richard (1501/2–1575), military engineer and architect, was the eldest son of Richard Lee of Sopwell, Hertfordshire, and Elizabeth Hall of Ore, Sussex. His mother was a relative (possibly a niece) of Edmund Dudley, minister to Henry VII. It was perhaps through the ...

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Papillon, David (1581–1659), architect and military engineer, was born on 14 April 1581 in Dijon, France, the younger son of Thomas Papillon (d. 1608), captain of the guard and valet de chambre to Henri IV, and his wife, Jeanne Vieue de la Pierre...