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Bradley, Humphrey (fl. 1584–1625), designer of land drainage systems, was possibly the son of John Bradley (fl. 1561–1568), concierge of the English trading house at Bergen op Zoom, Brabant, who was married to Anna van der Delft. He first appears in England...

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Elkington, Joseph (bap. 1740, d. 1806), farmer and designer of land drainage systems, was baptized on 1 January 1740, the eldest son of Joseph Elkington (1697–1758), yeoman farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Gallimore (d. 1750), at Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire. He married on 26 December 1760 ...

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C. H. Derby

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Fleetwood, Thomas (1659x61–1717), owner and reclaimer of land, was the eldest of the family of three sons and two daughters of Sir Richard Fleetwood, baronet (1628–1721), of Calwich, Staffordshire, and his wife, Anne (1623/4–1720), daughter of Sir Edward Golding, baronet, of Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire...

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Monson, Sir John, second baronet (1599–1683), politician and financier of fen drainage, was born in St Sepulchre, London, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Monson, first baronet (1563/4–1641), of South Carlton in Lincolnshire, and his wife, Margaret (1569–1630), daughter of Sir Edmund Anderson...

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Vermuyden, Sir Cornelius (1590–1677), drainage engineer, was born at St Maartensdijk, on the island of Tholen, Zealand, in the Dutch republic, the son of Gillis Vermuyden and his wife, Sara, daughter of Cornelius Werckendet. The Vermuydens had lived in St Maartensdijk from the early fourteenth century, and ...