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date: 07 April 2020

Bayly, Williamlocked

(bap. 1738, d. 1810)
  • Derek Howse


Bayly, William (bap. 1738, d. 1810), astronomer, was born at Bishops Cannings, near Devizes, Wiltshire, the son of a small farmer. He was probably the child whose parents were John and Elizabeth Baily (not Bayly), recorded as being baptized in Bishops Cannings on 8 October 1738. Much of his boyhood was spent at the plough, but he took advantage of the offer of an exciseman from a neighbouring village to teach him the elements of mathematics, and was also helped later by a ...

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