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Oats, Francis (1848–1918), mining engineer and authority on diamonds, was born on 24 October 1848 at South Torfrey Farm, Golant, near Fowey, Cornwall, the elder child of Francis Oats (1796–1874), farmer, and his wife, Marion, née Rundle (b. 1810). About 1854 his family moved to ...


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Steers, Thomas (c. 1672–1750), civil engineer and merchant, possibly a native of Rotherhithe, Kent, was of unknown parentage. He was commissioned in the 4th regiment of foot and fought at the battle of the Boyne in 1690. He then served in the Netherlands...