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Mackenzie [McKenzie], Murdoch, the elder (c. 1712–1797), hydrographer, was born in Orkney, the third son of James Mackenzie of Groundwater (d. 1723), writer (lawyer), notary public, and town clerk of Kirkwall, and Marion (née Traill), who were married in 1709. Murdoch's...

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Mackenzie [McKenzie], Murdoch, the younger (1743–1829), naval officer and hydrographic surveyor, was born on 28 February 1743, the son of Thomas Mackenzie (fl. 1709–1760), a landowner, of Groundwater, Orkney, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Blaw). Murdoch Mackenzie probably attended Kirkwall grammar school...

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John William Norie (1772–1843) by Adam Buck (after Solomon? Williams, c. 1803) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Norie, John William (1772–1843), hydrographer and writer on navigation, was born at 39 Burr Street, Wapping, London, on 3 July 1772, the eldest of the eight children of James Norie (1737–1793), a Scot who had trained for the Presbyterian church and kept a school in ...