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Ainsworth, William Francis (1807–1896), geographer and geologist, was born in Exeter, where he was baptized at St David’s on 6 November 1807 (some sources state that he was born on the previous day), the third son of John Ainsworth (1771–1849) of ...

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Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, baronet (1792–1871) by Camille Silvy, 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey, baronet (1792–1871), geologist and geographer, born on 19 February 1792 at Tarradale in Easter Ross, was the elder son of Kenneth Murchison and his wife, Barbara, the daughter of Roderick Mackenzie of Fairburn. The Murchisons were a highland clan who lost their ancestral lands for participating in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745. ...

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Strachey, John (1671–1743), topographer and geologist, was born on 10 May 1671 at Sutton Court, near Chew Magna, Somerset, the only son of John Strachey (1634–1675), barrister at Gray's Inn, London, and his wife, Jane (1643–1727), daughter of George Hodges. Following the early death of his father, he inherited the family seat at ...