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Alexander, Daniel Asher (1768–1846), architect and engineer, was born on 6 May 1768 in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, London, the son of Daniel Alexander, broker, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at St Paul's School and in 1782 he became a student at the ...

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Cabanel, Rudolphe (1762/3–1839), engineer and theatre designer, was 'a native' of Aachen (some accounts say Liège) but lived in London for most of his life. Little is known of his family or his early years. His mother was probably Victoire Cabanel...

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Castle, Richard (d. 1751), architect and engineer, may have adopted his surname, which also appears as Castles, Cassel, and Cassels, to indicate a connection with Kassel in Germany. According to the biography in Anthologia Hibernica for October 1793, which is the principal source of information about him, he was born in ...

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Caus, Salomon de (c. 1576–1626), engineer and architect, was born in the pays de Caux (whence derived the family name) in Normandy, probably in Dieppe. He was a relative (possibly an uncle) of Isaac de Caus (1589/90–1648). In all probability Salomon's parents were Huguenots who took refuge in ...

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Ducart, Davis (d. 1780x86), engineer and architect, has been variously described as 'an English Engineer who had been long in the Sardinian service' (Mullins, 26), 'an Italian Engineer and very ingenious architect' (Hutton, 2.127), and a '...

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Foster, John (1759–1827), architect and engineer, was born in Liverpool, the son of John Foster (d. 1801), master joiner, and his wife, Isabella. Although little known outside Liverpool, Foster's career was the archetypal tale of success in a boom town. Apprenticed as a joiner under his father, he purchased his freedom of the borough for ...

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H. M. Chichester

revised by Dale Dishon

Fowke, Francis (1823–1865), engineer and architect, was born on 7 July 1823 at Ballysillan, Belfast, the eldest of the three children of John Fowke (1794–1851), lieutenant in the 68th regiment of foot, and his first wife, Jane (1794–1827), daughter of John Stevenson Ferguson...

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Fulton, Robert (1765–1815), engineer and artist, the elder son in the family of three daughters and two sons of Robert Fulton (d. 1774?), a tailor, farmer, and tradesman, and his wife, Mary Smith (d. 1799), was born on 14 November 1765 at a farmhouse in ...

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Galloway, Christopher (fl. 1621–1645), architect and engineer, was sometimes known as Halloway and Holloway, and in Russian as Khristofor Khristoforov Galovey, Alavey, or Khalove. He worked in Moscow for over twenty years, but nothing is known about his early life or career; it is possible, however, that he was descended from ...

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Gough, Alexander Dick (1804–1871), architect and engineer, was born on 3 November 1804, and baptized at St Pancras Church, London, the son of Alexander Gough and his wife, Mary, née Booty. At the age of nineteen, after some foreign travel, he became a pupil of ...

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Thomas Hamilton

revised by Paul Larmour

Lanyon, Sir Charles (1813–1889), architect and engineer, son of John Jenkinson Lanyon (1770/71–1835) of Eastbourne, Sussex, and his wife, Catherine Anne Mortimer (1772/3–1840), was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 6 January 1813. Having received his early education at a private school in Eastbourne...

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Manzoni, Sir Herbert John Baptista (1899–1972), engineer and surveyor, was born at 14 Jackson Street, Birkenhead, on 21 March 1899, the son of Giovanni Carlo Manzoni, a sculptor, and his wife, Emma Marjorie, née Rogers. His father came from Milan but had settled in ...

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L. H. Cust

revised by Susie Barson

Meeson, Alfred (1808–1885), architect and engineer, was born on 4 April 1808 at 67 Aldermanbury, London, the son of Edward Meeson and his wife, Elizabeth, née Collins. He was educated in London, and spent the earlier part of his life in private practice as architect and surveyor in ...

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Mylne, Robert (1733–1811), architect and engineer, was born on 4 January 1733 in Edinburgh. His father, Thomas Mylne (d. 1763), master mason of Edinburgh, was a descendant of the distinguished family of masons to the Scottish crown. Virtually all his work was located in or near ...

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Bertha Porter

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Mylne, William Chadwell (1781–1863), engineer and architect, was born on 5 or 6 April 1781 in London, the second son in the family of ten children of Robert Mylne (1733–1811), engineer, and architect of Blackfriars Bridge, and his wife, Maria (May; 1748–1797), daughter of ...

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Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840) by Andrew Geddes, c. 1820–25 in the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy

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Nasmyth, Alexander (1758–1840), artist and engineer, was born on 9 September 1758 at his father's house at Anderson's Land in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, the second of two children of Michael Naesmyth (1719–1803), an architect and builder, and his wife, Lillias Anderson, known as Mary...

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Robinson, Sir William (c. 1643–1712), engineer and architect, was descended from an 'ancient' (his word) but unidentified family in Yorkshire. Nothing is known about his youth and training. Without prior military rank he became engineer and surveyor-general of all fortifications and building in ...