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Brand, John (1744–1806), antiquary and topographer, was born on 19 August 1744 at Washington in co. Durham, where his father, Alexander Brand, was the parish clerk. Little is known of his mother, Elizabeth Wheatley, who died shortly after he was born. When his father remarried ...

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Britton, John (1771–1857), antiquary and topographer, was born on 7 July 1771 at Kington St Michael, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, the son of Henry Britton, a small farmer, maltster, baker, and village shopkeeper, and his wife, Anne Hillier. His mother died young, having reared ten children, of whom ...

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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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Gillingwater, Edmund (bap. 1736, d. 1813), topographer, the fourth son of Edmund Gillingwater (c.1693–1772) and Alice Frary (c.1706–1784), was baptized on 29 December 1736 at St Margaret's, Lowestoft, where his father had been churchwarden in 1734. He was a pupil of the ...

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Gipps, Sir Richard (bap. 1659, d. 1708), topographer, second son of John Gipps (c.1620–1707) of Great Whelnetham, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and his second wife, Mary (d. 1665), daughter of David Davidson, alderman of London, was baptized at Great Whelnetham...

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Gostling, William (bap. 1696, d. 1777), antiquary and topographer, was baptized in Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 1696, the seventh and last child of John Gostling (d. 1733), Church of England clergyman and singer, but the only child of his second wife, Dorothy Wyborne...

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Hutchinson, William (1732–1814), topographer, was born in Durham on 31 December 1732, the eldest son of William Hutchinson (1705–1777), attorney of Durham, and Hannah Doubleday of Butterby by Durham. He was probably educated at Durham School and, having served his articles as a solicitor, on 30 September 1756 he married ...

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Johnson, Isaac (1754–1835), topographical artist and land surveyor, was born at Pettistree Lodge, near Wickham Market, Suffolk, and baptized in Pettistree church on 27 January 1754, the second of three artistic sons of John Johnson (c.1722–1780), land surveyor and farm bailiff, and ...

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Kirby, John (c. 1690–1753), surveyor and topographer, was, according to his grandson William Kirby (1759–1850), the well-known entomologist, descended from a north-country royalist who, suffering for his loyalty, took his family to Halesworth, Suffolk. This ancestry is supported by the fact that William...

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Lambert, James (bap. 1725, d. 1788), watercolour painter and topographical artist, was baptized on 29 December 1725 at Willingdon, near Eastbourne, Sussex, the youngest of the eight children of John Lambert (1690–1764), a flax dresser, and his wife, Susan Bray (1687–1771), daughter of ...

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Rawlinson, Richard (1690–1755), topographer and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 3 January 1690 at his father's house in the Old Bailey, St Sepulchre's, London, eighth of the fifteen children of Sir Thomas Rawlinson (bap. 1647, d. 1708), vintner and lord mayor of ...

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Thoresby, Ralph (1658–1725), antiquary and topographer, was born on 16 August 1658 at Kirkgate, Leeds, the son of John Thoresby (1626–1679), a wool merchant of that city who had served in the parliamentarian army under Fairfax, and his wife, Ruth (d. 1669)...