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The Rev. MALACHI HITCHENS was b. in Gwennap, 1741. In 1781 he took his B.A. at Exeter Coll., Oxford, and in 1785 his M.A. at St. John's Coll., Cambridge. He early showed scientific skill and rendered valuable assistance to Mr. Donne in preparing his map of Devon. At Exeter College he formed a friendship with the rev. Nevil Maskelyne, astronomer royal, and under him became computer and comparer at Greenwich and verified the calculations for the 'Nautical Almanack'. His first ecclesiastical preferment was Hennock, in Devon, to which he was instituted in 1772. He was collated to St. Hilary in 1775, and Gwinear in 1785, and held those benefices till his death in 1809. (See "Early history of the Nautical Almanac' by E. Dunkin; Jrnl., R.I.C., vol. ix).

 

JONATHAN CARTER HORNBLOWER, was fourth son of Jonathan Hornblower, engineer, who took up his residence at Truro in 1745, and at Chasewater in 1765, for the purpose of erecting Tresavean engine. He afterwards removed to Whitehall, Scorrier. He was b. (probably at Truro) in 1753, and was employed by Watt in erecting engines. In 1781 he introduced a steam engine on the expansion principle but it was declared to be an infringement of Watt's patent. He d. at Penryn in 1815.

 

HUCAR THE DEACON was b. in Cornwall, and was living at St. Germans circa 1040, probably a monk there. He is said by Leland to have written a volume of homilies, to which he prefixed the request that, if the reader could not praise, at least he would not blame the work of a humble Levite in remote Cornwall. Lelands account of Hucar is printed in Oliver's Monasticon Dio Exon., p.5.

 

WM. HUSBAND was b. in 1823 at Mylor. He attained a good position as an engineer, and invented, amongst other machines, the oscillating cylinder stamps that bear his name. For some years he was a managing partner of Harvey & Co. at Hayle, and in 1881-2 president of the Mining

Association and Institute of Cornwall. He d. 1887.

 

BENJAMIN INCLEDON, or, as he afterwards called himself, Charles Incledon, was b. at St. Keverne in 1763, the son of a medical man. He was for a while a sailor, and throughout his life a reckless, careless, loveable ne'er-do-well. As an actor he was not successful, but as a singer he held the foremost position, and was a tremendous favourite. Mr. C. R. Leslie says, 'The hunting-song, the sea-song, and the ballad may be said to have expired with Incledon.' It is said that he never was known to sing out of tune, and that his natural voice ranged from A to G, and his falsetto from D to F. He d. in 1826.

 

MAJOR GENERAL, SIR HENRY JAMES, KNT., F.R.S., fifth son of John james of Truro, was b. in St. Agnes in 1803. He entered the royal engineers 1826, and in the following year was appointed to the ordnance survey of which he was director-general from 1854 to 1875. In 1855 he introduced photography for reducing maps to scale and in 1859 he applied photo-zincography to their reproduction. In 1860 he was knighted. When allowed to experiment on the reproduction of Doomsday Book he paid his native county the compliment of issuing the Cornish portion first, in 1861. He d. in 1877.

 

HENRY MARTYN JEFFERY, F.R.S., son of John Jeffery of Gwennap, was b. at Lamorran in 1826. He entered St. John's college, Cambridge in 1845 but transferred to St. Catherine's college in 1846. In 1849 he was sixth wrangler