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Blundell, William (1620–1698), royalist landowner and topographer, was born on 15 July 1620 at Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, Lancashire, the second son of Nicholas Blundell (c.1590–1631) and Jane (d. 1640), daughter of Roger Bradshaigh of Haigh, near Wigan. In 1635 at the age of fifteen he married, in ...

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Canterbury, Gervase of (b. c. 1145, d. in or after 1210), Benedictine monk, chronicler, and topographer, was a member of the cathedral priory of Christ Church, Canterbury, where he was professed by Archbishop Thomas Becket early in 1163. Becket also ordained him, but not necessarily on the same occasion, and on balance it is likely that ...

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Clifford [later Constable], Sir Thomas Hugh, first baronet (1762–1823), topographer and botanist, was born on 4 December 1762 in London, the eldest son of Thomas Clifford (1732–1787) (fourth son of Hugh, third Baron Clifford of Chudleigh) and Barbara Aston (d...

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Cosgrove, Denis Edmund (1948–2008), geographer, was born on 3 May 1948 at 16 Kenilworth Road, Liverpool, the second of the six children of Peter Cyril Cosgrove (1910–1980), bank clerk, later bank manager, and his wife, Gwendoline Brenda, née Mackrill (b. 1922). He was raised in a lower middle-class, devoutly Catholic, household, his father being of Irish descent. He was educated at ...

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Grove [née Clark], Jean Mary (1927–2001), geographer, was born on 10 March 1927 at 175 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, Middlesex, the elder daughter of Leslie Marshall Clark and his wife, Mary, née Johnson. Mary Clark was a very important influence on both her daughters, ...

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Harrison, William (1535–1593), historian and topographer, was born in the 'house next to the Holy Lamb toward Cheapside', in Cordwainer Street, London, at 'hora 11, minut 4, Secunde 56', on Sunday 18 April 1535, the son of John and Anne Harrison, whom he described as 'honourable citizens' in his brief Latin autobiography written about 1565 in his copy of ...

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Lily, George (d. 1559), Roman Catholic ecclesiastic and cosmographer, was born in London, the eldest son of William Lily (1468?–1522/3) and his wife, Agnes. Probably privately educated by his father, a scholar and teacher, Lily may have become a commoner of Magdalen College, Oxford...

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Sibbald, Sir Robert (1641–1722), physician and geographer, was born on 15 April 1641 in Blackfriars Wynd off Edinburgh's High Street, the fifth child and third son of David Sibbald (1589–1660), of Rankeillour, Fife, keeper of the great seal of Scotland, and his wife, ...

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Sir Robert Sibbald (1641–1722) by John Alexander, 1721 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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Willes, Richard (1546–1579?), poet and geographer, was born on 5 January 1546, one of several sons of a yeoman, possibly Catholic, family of Pulham, Dorset. In 1558 he went to Winchester College, where he was taught by Christopher Johnson, and to New College, Oxford...

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Worcester [Botoner], William (1415–1480x85), topographer and author, was the son of William Worcester, whittawer of Bristol, and Elizabeth (née Botoner), and was born at his father's house in St James's Back in the north-east suburbs of the city. His mother was the daughter of a substantial local citizen whose family came from ...