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Alexander, Daniel Asher (1768–1846), architect and engineer, was born on 6 May 1768 in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, London, the son of Daniel Alexander, broker, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at St Paul's School and in 1782 he became a student at the ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Bailey, John (1750–1819), mathematician and land surveyor, was born at Blades Field, near Bowes, Yorkshire, the son of William Bailey. At an early age he showed strong artistic tendencies, and while employed as tutor to the children of his uncle, George Dixon of ...

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Bald, William (1789/90–1857), surveyor and civil engineer, was born in Burntisland, Fife, and educated at Burntisland and in Edinburgh before becoming apprenticed to the eminent Scottish land surveyor, John Ainslie. From 1803 onwards he was employed on very extensive estate surveys throughout Scotland...

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Beckett, Edmund [formerly Edmund Beckett Denison], first Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905), ecclesiastical controversialist, architect, and horologist, was born at Carlton Hall, near Newark, on 12 May 1816, the eldest son of Sir Edmund Beckett, fourth baronet (1787–1874), later MP for the West Riding...

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Edmund Beckett, first Baron Grimthorpe (1816–1905) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the British Horological Institute Limited; original on display at the Upton Hall Time Museum, Upton, Newark, Nottinghamshire; photograph ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benson, Sir John (1812–1874), architect and civil engineer, was born at Collooney, co. Sligo, the only son of John Benson. He attended the Royal Dublin Society's School of Architectural Drawing and worked for the office of public works on a number of buildings, including the Dominican church and convent in ...

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Castle, Richard (d. 1751), architect and engineer, may have adopted his surname, which also appears as Castles, Cassel, and Cassels, to indicate a connection with Kassel in Germany. According to the biography in Anthologia Hibernica for October 1793, which is the principal source of information about him, he was born in ...

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Caus, Salomon de (c. 1576–1626), engineer and architect, was born in the pays de Caux (whence derived the family name) in Normandy, probably in Dieppe. He was a relative (possibly an uncle) of Isaac de Caus (1589/90–1648). In all probability Salomon's parents were Huguenots who took refuge in ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Cresy, Edward (1792–1858), architect and civil engineer, was born on 7 May 1792 at Dartford, Kent, the only child of Edward Cresy (bap. 1764, d. 1838), a prosperous builder, and his wife, Lydia (bap. 1765, d. 1848), daughter of William and Lydia Muggeridge...

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Denton, John Bailey (1814–1893), surveyor and civil engineer, was born on 26 November 1814, the second son of Samuel Denton, a solicitor of Gray's Inn, London, and his wife, Helena Cornelia. After limited schooling he was articled in 1830 to Anthony Jackson of ...

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Ducart, Davis (d. 1780x86), engineer and architect, has been variously described as 'an English Engineer who had been long in the Sardinian service' (Mullins, 26), 'an Italian Engineer and very ingenious architect' (Hutton, 2.127), and a 'French architect' (...

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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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Foster, John (1759–1827), architect and engineer, was born in Liverpool, the son of John Foster (d. 1801), master joiner, and his wife, Isabella. Although little known outside Liverpool, Foster's career was the archetypal tale of success in a boom town. Apprenticed as a joiner under his father, he purchased his freedom of the borough for ...

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H. M. Chichester

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Fowke, Francis (1823–1865), engineer and architect, was born on 7 July 1823 at Ballysillan, Belfast, the eldest of the three children of John Fowke (1794–1851), lieutenant in the 68th regiment of foot, and his first wife, Jane (1794–1827), daughter of John Stevenson Ferguson...

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Galloway, Christopher (fl. 1621–1645), architect and engineer, was sometimes known as Halloway and Holloway, and in Russian as Khristofor Khristoforov Galovey, Alavey, or Khalove. He worked in Moscow for over twenty years, but nothing is known about his early life or career; it is possible, however, that he was descended from ...

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gough, Alexander Dick (1804–1871), architect and engineer, was born on 3 November 1804. Of his parents nothing is known. With his wife, Mary Ann, he had two sons: Charles H. Gough and Hugh Roumieu Gough. At the age of nineteen, after some foreign travel, he became a pupil of ...

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Green, John (1787–1852), architect and civil engineer, was born on 20 June 1787 at Newton Fell House, Nafferton, Northumberland, the son of John Green, builder, carpenter, and agricultural implement-maker, and his wife, Ann. After attending a local school he evidently gained a practical education by working in his father's business, and soon after he came of age he was taken into partnership. The firm then moved to the larger town of ...