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Strachey, John (1671–1743), topographer and geologist, was born on 10 May 1671 at Sutton Court, near Chew Magna, Somerset, the only son of John Strachey (1634–1675), barrister at Gray's Inn, London, and his wife, Jane (1643–1727), daughter of George Hodges. Following the early death of his father, he inherited the family seat at ...