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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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J. H. Andrews

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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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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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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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Harris, Sir Alan James (1916–2000), civil and structural engineer, was born on 8 July 1916 at 15 Lincoln Avenue, Plymouth, the elder son and eldest of three children of Walter Herbert Harris, an electrical engineer's draughtsman at HM Dockyard, Plymouth, and his wife, ...

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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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Leybourn, William (1626–1716), mathematician and land surveyor, started his career as a bookseller and printer; his address from 1645 was Monkswell Street, Cripplegate. From about 1651 he was in partnership with Robert Leybourn, possibly a brother. Together they printed scientific and mathematical books until 1665. In the following year ...

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Manzoni, Sir Herbert John Baptista (1899–1972), engineer and surveyor, was born at 14 Jackson Street, Birkenhead, on 21 March 1899, the son of Giovanni Carlo Manzoni, a sculptor, and his wife, Emma Marjorie, née Rogers. His father came from Milan but had settled in ...

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Metcalf, John [called Blind Jack of Knaresborough] (1717–1810), road builder and surveyor, was born on 15 August 1717 at Knaresborough, of parents of modest means. He was sent to school at the age of four but two years later became blind after an attack of smallpox. Despite his blindness he became an accomplished rider, swimmer, and card player. He enjoyed a wager and was involved in cockfighting, horse-racing, and philandering. ...

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Penfold, Charles (1798–1864), surveyor and valuer, was born on 26 May 1798 in Croydon, Surrey, the third of ten children of Thomas Penfold (b. 1771), Croydon vestry clerk (1796–1834), and his wife, Edith. On 16 January 1822 he married Catherine Mary Chrees (...

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Sopwith, Thomas (1803–1879), surveyor and civil engineer, was born on 3 January 1803 in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly the only son of Jacob Sopwith (1770–1829), builder and cabinet-maker, and his wife, Isabella, daughter of Matthew Lowes. Sopwith developed early aptitudes for writing, drawing, and the cataloguing of minerals. He was educated privately, but briefly, on ...

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Stokes, Gabriel (bap. 1682, d. 1768), mathematical instrument maker and surveyor, was baptized on 23 April 1682 at St Nicholas Within, Dublin, and was the son of John Stokes (b. c.1651), a tailor, of the White Lion, Dublin; his mother is unknown. The family may have originally come from ...

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Vincent Wing (1619–1668) by Thomas Cross, pubd 1652 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wing, Vincent (1619–1668), astronomer, astrologer, and land surveyor, was born on 9 April 1619 at North Luffenham, Rutland, the son of Vincent Wing (1587–1660) of North Luffenham. The family, settled there for three generations but originally from Wales, was of 'rather good, than great' standing, in the words of ...