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John Ainslie

1745 - 1828

Surveyor and cartographer. Born in Jedburgh (Scottish Borders), he began his career as a surveyor and engraver for the English County Series maps. He established a reputation as an excellent surveyor, producing updated maps of Scotland in 1782 and 1789. His Comprehensive Treatise on Land Surveying comprising the Theory and Practice of all its Branches was an important early text on surveying practice.

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