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Barton, Richard (1706–1759), topographer and religious writer, was born in Painstown, co. Meath, Ireland, the third son of the Revd John Barton (fl. 1675–1735), dean of Ardagh, and Elinor Jenney, daughter of the Revd Henry Jenney, archdeacon of Dromore diocese, and granddaughter of ...

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Canning, Richard (1708–1775), religious controversialist and topographer, was born in Plymouth on 30 September 1708, the son of Richard Canning (d. 1726) and his wife, Margaret (d. 1734). His father retired from the navy after twenty years' service as a courageous naval commander and in 1712 took the family to ...