Robert K. Dawson

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Robert K. Dawson
Born 1798
Dover, England
Died 28 March 1861
Occupation Surveyor, cartographer
Parent(s) Robert Dawson
The proposed Parliamentary Borough of Birmingham, surveyed by Dawson in 1831 for the Great Reform Act

Robert Kearsley Dawson (1798–1861) was an English surveyor and cartographer.


Early life[edit]

Robert K. Dawson was born in 1798 in Dover.[1] His father was Robert Dawson, a surveyor.[1] He studied at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.[1]


In 1816, he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers, and between 1819 and 1829 took part in the triangulation and mapping of Ireland and Scotland under Thomas Colby.[2]

In 1831, he was recalled to England to survey the boundaries of the proposed Parliamentary Boroughs for the Great Reform Act, producing a series of one-inch and two-inch maps that are preserved in two volumes in the British Library.[2]


He died on 28 March 1861.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Baigent, Elizabeth (2004). "Dawson, Robert Kearsley (1798–1861)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b Kain, Roger J. P.; Prince, Hugh C. (2006) [1983]. "The Tithe Commission in London". The Tithe Surveys of England and Wales. Baker, Alan R. H.; Dennis, Richard; Holdworth, Deryck. Cambridge University Press. pp. 33–35. ISBN 0-521-02431-5. Retrieved 2009-05-03.