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Agas, Radulph [Ralph] (c. 1540–1621), land surveyor, was probably a native of Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk. His parents are not known, but it is likely he was a relative of Edward Aggas, son of Robert Aggas of Stoke by Nayland. Radulph (or Ralph)...

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Baines, Sir Frank (1877–1933), architect and architectural preservationist, was born at 1 Maria Terrace, Stepney, Middlesex, on 7 December 1877, the fourth child of Samuel Baines (1840–1913), coppersmith, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Coates. Though Baines habitually stated that he was educated privately, he probably attended the ...

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Barlow, Thomas (c. 1669–1730), builder and estate surveyor, played a significant part in the expansion of the West End of London which took place in the first three decades of the eighteenth century. Nothing is known about his origins and early life. In a deposition sworn in April 1721 he gave his age as about fifty-two, which would suggest that he was born in the late 1660s, and he was probably the ...

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Beauclerk, James (1709–1787), bishop of Hereford, was born at Windsor, the seventh surviving son of Charles Beauclerk, first duke of St Albans (1670–1726), illegitimate offspring of Charles II and Nell Gwyn. Some say his facial characteristics resembled those of his royal grandfather. His mother, ...

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Beighton, Henry (1686/7–1743), surveyor, was born between September 1686 and August 1687 at Griff, in the parish of Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and baptized there on 20 August 1687. He was one of three children of Henry Beighton (1661–1710?), constable of Chilvers Coton...

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Bell, Thomas (1785–1860), land surveyor and book collector, was born on 16 December 1785 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the second son of John Bell (1755–1816), a land surveyor and bookseller, and his wife, Margaret, the daughter of John Gray, of Combfield House, co. Durham...

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Browne, Thomas (1702–1780), herald and land surveyor, was born in Derby, the second son of John Browne of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was first employed as surveyor to John Warburton, Somerset herald, and then to the dukes of Beaufort. He entered the College of Arms...

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Clutton, John (1809–1896), surveyor, was born at Hartswood, Reigate, Surrey, the third of the four sons and six daughters of William Clutton (1745/6–1839) of Hartswood and his second wife.

John Clutton's grandfather, also William Clutton (1740–1826), was the third son of Ralph Clutton (1695–1761)...

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Davis, Richard (1750–1814), surveyor, was baptized at Windsor on 22 July 1750, the second of four sons of John Davis (d. 1762), clockmaker and locksmith, and his wife, Anne (d. 1764). He entered Eton College on 24 May 1757 and left in 1761. The family had a long association with the college, maintaining the school clock and doing other small building works. His name next appears in a notice in ...

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Doharty [Dougharty], John (1709–1773), land surveyor, was born on 17 January 1709 at Bewdley, Worcestershire, the son of John Dougharty (1677–1755), a land surveyor and teacher of mathematics, and his wife, Priscilla Fereder (d. 1741). Nine years earlier the couple had had another son ...

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Fairbank family (per. c. 1725–1848), surveyors, were of a family settled in Sheffield since the second half of the sixteenth century. The family surveying tradition began with William [i] Fairbank (c. 1688–1759), surveyor and schoolmaster, born in Sheffield about 1688. It was quite common to practise these two professions as both demanded similar skills, although once a surveyor became well established and busy it could prove difficult to remain in the field, surveying for days at a stretch, without jeopardizing the running of a school. The family were Quakers from about the end of the seventeenth century. ...

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Foord, Joseph (1714–1788), land surveyor and hydraulic engineer, was born on 13 July 1714 at Fadmoor, near Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire, the third of the four children of Matthew Foord (bap. 1682, d. 1744), Quaker farmer and land agent of the Duncombe Park...

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Gosling, Ralph (bap. 1693, d. 1757), schoolmaster and land surveyor, fifth and youngest child of Charles Gosling (fl. 1677–1693), yeoman, of Stubley, in the parish of Dronfield in Derbyshire, was baptized in the parish church there on 15 July 1693. By 1720 he had moved to ...

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Greenwood, Christopher (1786–1855), land surveyor and map maker, was born on 21 May 1786 at Coverdale in Gisburn parish, Yorkshire, the third of the ten children of John Greenwood, grazier, and his wife, Ellen (née Bullock). The family had been long established in the district. After learning his trade, and presumably practising locally for some years, he set up in ...

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Howlett, Samuel Burt (1794–1874), surveyor and inventor of scientific instruments, was born in London on 10 July 1794, the only son of Samuel Howlett of Gracechurch Street, and his wife Ann née Burt. After leaving school at thirteen, he secured, through the influence of an uncle with military connections, an apprenticeship with the royal military surveyors and draughtsmen. He became a cadet on 20 August 1808 and each day attended the drawing-room of the ...

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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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Keene, Henry (1726–1776), architect and surveyor, was born in Ealing on 15 November 1726, the son of Henry Keene and Elizabeth Elkins. His father is thought to have been the carpenter who worked on Ealing parish church, which was designed by James Horne...

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Knight, John Baverstock (1785–1859), land surveyor and painter, was born on 3 May 1785 at the rectory, Langton Long Blandford, Dorset, the third of eight children of James Forster Knight (1751–1808), captain, 3rd Dorset militia, and his wife, Sophia (1751/2–1820), daughter of Colonel John Kay...