William Hughes (geographer)

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William Hughes

William Hughes

Died21 May 1876
  • Geographer
  • Cartographer
  • Author
  • Professor

William Hughes FRGS (1818 – 21 May 1876) was an English geographer, cartographer, author and academic.


In early life Hughes was in business as an engraver in Pentonville, London. In 1840 he became a lecturer at St John's College, Battersea.[1]

Hughes was Professor of Geography at King's College and Queen's College, London and Royal Female Naval School.[2] He was for many years Examiner in Geography to the College of Preceptors.[2] He died at his home, Adelaide Road, St John's Wood, London.[3]


Hughes was the author of many books; atlases for the classroom, and books for biblical studies and general reference. He was also a prolific editor of reference works and textbooks. Some of his publications were later revised by Sir Richard Gregory, and by John Francon Williams.

A Compendium of Modern Geography by William Hughes and John Francon Williams, 1893

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Directions for Taking Instructions on Wills 1840[2]
  • Three Students of Grays Inn (novel) 1846[2]
  • The Stamp Duties Act 1850[2]
  • The Origin and Condition of the Australian Colonies Longman & Co. 1852[2]
  • Manual of Mathematical Geography 1852
  • A Manual of Geography, Physical, Industrial and Political 1852
  • It's All for the Best (3-volume novel) 1853[2]
  • A Class-book of Modern Geography 1859
  • Philips' Family Atlas of Physical, General and Classical Geography 1859
  • A Manual of Geography
  • Manual of British Geography
  • Elementary Class-book of Modern Geography 1860
  • A Manual of European Geography 1861
  • A Class-book of Physical Geography 1861
  • Outlines of Geography 1864
  • The Geography of River Systems 1865
  • Elementary Class-book of Physical Geography 1866
  • Geography in its Relation to History 1870
  • Geography of the British Isles 1887
  • Bible Maps pub. John W. Parker, London
  • Philips' Atlas of Scripture Geography
  • Hughes W. (Revised by R. A. Gregory) An Elementary Classbook of Physical Geography 1904
  • General Geography, Simplified for beginners (in Gleig's School Series)
  • Geography of the British Empire, Simplified for beginners (in Gleig's School Series)
  • The Child's First Book of Geography (in Gleig's School Series)

Further reading[edit]

  • Vaughan, J. E. "William Hughes, FRGS (1818–1876) as Geographical Educationist". In W. E. Marsden (ed.) Historical Perspectives on Geographical Education (IGU Commission on Geographical Education: University of London Institute of Education, 1980)


  1. ^ Baigent, Elizabeth. "Hughes, William (1817–1876)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/41217. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Late Professor Wm. Hughes, F.R.G.S." South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 28 July 1876. p. 7. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Family Notices". The South Australian Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 25 July 1876. p. 4. Retrieved 17 November 2011.