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John Kirby (c. 1690–1753) by Thomas Gainsborough, before 1750 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge


Kirby, John (c. 1690–1753), surveyor and topographer, was, according to his grandson William Kirby (1759–1850), the well-known entomologist, descended from a north-country royalist who, suffering for his loyalty, took his family to Halesworth, Suffolk. This ancestry is supported by the fact that William...


Newcourt, Richard, the elder (bap. c. 1610, d. 1679), topographical draughtsman and cartographer, was baptized at Washfield, Devon, the second son of Philip Newcourt and Mary Tucker, of Tiverton, Devon. Philip Newcourt was the third son of John Newcourt and his wife, Mary...


Pont, Timothy (fl. 1574–1611), map maker and chorographer, was the second son of Robert Pont (1524–1606), minister of the Church of Scotland, and his first wife, whose name is uncertain. Later sources give it as Katherine Masterton, but this may be a confusion with ...


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Wallis, John (1789–1866), topographer and cartographer, born in Fore Street, Bodmin, on 11 April 1789, was the eldest child of John Wallis (1759–1842), attorney and town clerk of Bodmin, and his wife, Isabella Mary, daughter of Henry Slogget, purser in the Royal Navy...