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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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Piers, Sir Henry, first baronet (1628–1691), chorographer and natural historian, was the son of Sir William Piers and his wife, Martha, daughter of Sir James Ware (d. 1632) and sister of Sir James Ware (1594–1666). His grandfather Sir Henry Piers (d....

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Seward, William Wenman (d. 1805/6), writer on Irish politics and topography, may have been born in Dublin. He entered King's Inns, Dublin, and was admitted as an attorney in May 1776. He practised in the Irish court of common pleas from an address in ...

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Smith, Charles (c. 1715–1762), topographer and county historian, was born in co. Waterford, Ireland, of unknown family origins. He began his employment in Dungarvan, co. Waterford, in 1740 as an apothecary. From 1738 he was involved in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to publish a natural history atlas of the counties of ...