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Adams family (per. 1734–1817), makers of scientific instruments and globes, came to prominence through George Adams senior (bap. 1709, d. 1772), who was baptized on 17 April 1709 in the parish of St Bride's, Fleet Street, London, the eldest surviving son of ...

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Ryther, Augustine (d. 1593), map engraver and maker of scientific instruments, is of unknown origin. The Dictionary of National Biography, apparently following the Yorkshire antiquary Ralph Thoresby, suggested that he was a native of Leeds; however, no firm evidence can now be found for this, and the idea perhaps rests on his later association with ...

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Seller, John (bap. 1632, d. 1697), maker of navigational instruments and chart and map seller, was baptized in London at St Katharine by the Tower on 29 December 1632, the son of Henry Seller(s), a cordwainer. Further family circumstance remains untraced, except that an elder sister was baptized at the same church in 1629. ...

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Taylor [née Ionn], Janet (1804–1870), teacher of navigation and supplier of nautical instruments, was born on 13 May 1804 at Wolsingham, co. Durham, the sixth of eight children of the Revd Peter Ionn (1762–1821), master of Wolsingham Free Grammar School, and his wife, ...