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James, John (c. 1672–1746), architect, surveyor, and carpenter, was the eldest son of the Revd John James (c.1645–1733). It is clear from his memorial tablet in St Mary's Church, Eversley, Hampshire, that his parents were not Thomas and Elinor James, as was once thought. ...

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Jerman, Edward (c. 1605–1668), carpenter and architect, was the eldest of the three sons of Anthony Jerman (d. 1650), master of the Carpenters' Company in 1633–4, and his wife, Mary Bennett. He belonged to at least the third generation of a family prominent as carpenters in the ...

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Smith, Robert (1722–1777), carpenter and architect, was born at Lugton, a hamlet 8 miles south-west of Edinburgh, on 14 January 1722, the son of John Smith, a baxter (or baker), and Martha, née Lawrie. His parents were poor tenants of the wealthy and powerful ...