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Peter Nicholson (1765–1844) by James Green, c. 1816 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Nicholson, Peter (1765–1844), architectural writer and mathematician, was born at Prestonkirk, Haddingtonshire, close to Edinburgh, on 20 July 1765, the third of nine children. His parents were George Nicholson (1733–1832), a stonemason, and Margaret Hastie.


Taylor, Harold McCarter (1907–1995), physicist and architectural historian, was born on 13 May 1907 in Dunedin, New Zealand, the younger son of James Taylor (1873–1958), merchant, and his wife, Louisa Urquhart, née McCarter (1875–1932), daughter of George Alfred McCarter and his wife, Matilda Mary, ...


Willis, Robert (1800–1875), engineer and architectural historian, was born on 27 February 1800 in London; his father, Robert Darling Willis (1760–1821), physician, was the fifth and youngest son of Francis Willis (1718–1807), physician—both father and son attended George III during the monarch's madness. ...