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Adair, John (1660–1718), geographer and cartographer, was born on 2 September 1660 in Leith, Scotland. Nothing is known of his parents or his early education. The first firm reference to Adair dates from May 1681, when he was granted a licence by the ...

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Adams family (per. 1734–1817), makers of scientific instruments and globes, came to prominence through George Adams senior (bap. 1709, d. 1772), who was baptized on 17 April 1709 in the parish of St Bride's, Fleet Street, London, the eldest surviving son of ...

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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Adams, John (b. before 1670, d. 1738), cartographer, came originally from Shropshire. He attended Shrewsbury School, and later lived at Tanfield Court, Inner Temple, London, where he was a barrister. He is best known as a surveyor and map maker, in which capacity he worked with his brother ...

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Ainslie, John (1745–1828), cartographer and land surveyor, was born on 22 April 1745 in Jedburgh, the younger son and younger child of John Ainslie, druggist in Jedburgh, writer to the signet, and burgess of the burgh. He may have been educated at Jedburgh grammar school...

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Aaron Arrowsmith the elder (1750–1823) by T. A. Dean, pubd 1825 (after Henry William Pickersgill) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arrowsmith, Aaron, the elder (1750–1823), cartographer and map publisher, was born on 14 July 1750 at Winston, co. Durham, the son of John and Mary Arrowsmith. His father died when Aaron was young and his mother then married a wastrel who reduced the family fortune. ...

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Arrowsmith, John (1790–1873), cartographer and map publisher, was born on 23 April 1790 on a farm in Winston, co. Durham, the son of Thomas Arrowsmith of an old-established family. With limited education, he arrived in London on 14 February 1810 where he learnt map making, engraving, and printing under his uncle ...

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Daniel Augustus Beaufort (1739–1821) by unknown artist, c. 1800–05 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beaufort, Daniel Augustus (1739–1821), Church of Ireland clergyman and cartographer, was the eldest son of the Revd Daniel Cornelius de Beaufort (1700–1788) and his wife, Esther Gougeon. The elder Beaufort was born at Wesel in Westphalia, the seventh child of Count Francis de Beaufort...

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Beck, Henry Charles [Harry] (1902–1974), graphic artist and map designer, was born on 4 June 1902 at 14 Wesley Road, Leyton, Essex, the second child and only son of Joshua Try Beck, variously described as a commercial traveller, and an artist and monumental mason, and ...

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Blome, Richard (bap. 1635?, d. 1705), cartographer and bookseller, may have been the son of Jacob Blome and his wife, Mary, baptized at St Ann Blackfriars, London, on 10 July 1635, especially if this Jacob was the bookseller of Knightrider Street of that name. Beginning his career as a heraldic painter, developing an expertise in arms-painting for funerals and other solemn occasions, ...

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Bowen, Emanuel (1693/4–1767), engraver and map maker, was the son of Owen Bowen (d. 1730), gentleman, of Talley, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, and his wife, Anne (d. 1721). On 7 September 1709 he was apprenticed to Charles Price, globe and instrument maker and a member of the ...

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Peter Perez Burdett (1734/55–1793) by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1765 [with his first wife, Hannah Burdett] National Gallery of Prague

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Burdett, Peter Perez (1734/5–1793), cartographer and draughtsman, was probably born in Eastwood, Essex, the only son of William and Elizabeth Burdett. His Christian names derive from his maternal grandfather, Peter Perez, vicar of Eastwood (1697–1748), from whom he inherited a small estate.

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