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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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Campbell, Eila Muriel Joice (1915–1994), university teacher and historian of cartography, was born on 31 December 1915 at Ropley, Hampshire, the eldest child of Walter Howard Claude Campbell (1894–1958), poultry farmer, and his wife, Lillian Muriel, née Locke (1884–1979). After military service Walter Campbell...

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Harley, (John) Brian (1932–1991), geographer and map historian, was born on 24 July 1932 in Ashley, Bristol, and spent some of his infant years in Oxford. On 15 March 1935 he was adopted by John Jack Harley (b. 1883), farmer, and his wife, ...

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(Alexander) Keith Johnston the elder (1804–1871) by Maull & Polyblank The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Johnston, (Alexander) Keith, the elder (1804–1871), geographer and cartographer, was the fourth son of Andrew Johnston and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Archibald Keith of Newbattle. He was born on 28 December 1804 at Kirkhill, Midlothian, and was educated at the High School...

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Moll, Herman (1654?–1732), geographer and cartographer, was born in the Hanseatic city-state of Bremen and went to London about 1675, possibly as a refugee from the turmoil of the Scanian Wars of 1674 to 1679. Nothing is known of his parents but his German origins seem certain. The antiquary ...

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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...

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August Heinrich Petermann (1822–1878) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Petermann, August Heinrich (1822–1878), geographer and cartographer, was born in April 1822 (probably on the 1st) in Bleicherode am Eichsfelde, Prussia, the second of six children born to Katherine Henrietta and August Rudolf Petermann. He attended elementary school in Bleicherode and, from 1836 to 1839, the ...

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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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Ravenhill, William Lionel Desmond (1919–1995), geographer and historian of cartography, was born on 30 December 1919 in Carmarthen, the son of George Ravenhill (c.1880–1967), a master plumber, and his wife, Elizabeth (1893–1993). He had a brother and a sister. Ravenhill won a scholarship to ...

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Ernst Georg Ravenstein (1834–1913) by unknown photographer [detail] The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Ravenstein, Ernst Georg (1834–1913), geographer and cartographer, was born in Frankfurt am Main on 30 December 1834 into a family which had a long tradition of work in engraving and cartography. After studying at the Frankfurt Gymnasium and the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, he emigrated to ...

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Wallis, Helen Margaret (1924–1995), map librarian and historian of cartography, was born on 17 August 1924 at Dunkery, Park Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Leonard Francis Wallis (1880–1965), a headmaster, and his wife, Mary McCulloch Jones (1884–1957), a teacher. She had a twin brother. After attending ...

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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...

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Woodward, David Alfred (1942–2004), historian of cartography, was born on 29 August 1942 at 51 Lillington Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, the third child of Max Wakerley Woodward, Royal Navy chaplain, and his wife, Kathleen May, née Beaty. After returning from war service as a chaplain his father ministered in various ...