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Macdonald, John (1759–1831), military engineer and cartographer, was born in Flodigarry, Isle of Skye, on 30 October 1759, the fifth and youngest son of Allan Macdonald of Kingsburgh, a captain in the 84th Royal Highland Emigrants, and Flora Macdonald (1722–1790), the Jacobite heroine. He attended the grammar school at ...

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Colin Mackenzie (1753–1821) by Thomas Hickey, 1816 The British Library

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Mackenzie, Colin (1753–1821), military engineer and surveyor, was born at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, one of four children of Murdoch Mackenzie, merchant and postmaster, and his wife, Barbara. Little is known of his early life. His friend Alexander Johnston (1775–1849)...

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Molyneux, Emery (d. 1598), maker of globes and ordnance, came, according to Petruccio Ubaldini, who knew him, 'of obscure and humble family background' (Crinò and Wallis, 14) and was probably the Emery Molynox who was presented as William Cooke's apprentice to the ...

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Roy, William (1726–1790), surveyor and founder of the Ordnance Survey, was born on 4 May 1726 at Miltonhead, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the second child of John Roy (d. 1748), factor to Sir William Gordon of Milton and, after 1737, an ordained elder of the kirk, and his wife, ...