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Cole, Humfrey (d. 1591), mathematical instrument maker and die sinker, described himself as 'a English man born in ye north' (on a map of Palestine engraved in 1572), but neither the date or place of his birth nor his parents are known. Although the form of his name varies on his signed works, '...

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Stokes, Gabriel (bap. 1682, d. 1768), mathematical instrument maker and surveyor, was baptized on 23 April 1682 at St Nicholas Within, Dublin, and was the son of John Stokes (b. c.1651), a tailor, of the White Lion, Dublin; his mother is unknown. The family may have originally come from ...