William Roy

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Major-General William Roy FRS FSA FRSE (4 May 1726 – 1 July 1790) was a Scottish military engineer, surveyor, and antiquarian. He was an innovator who applied new scientific discoveries and newly emerging technologies to the accurate geodetic mapping of Great Britain. His masterpiece is usually referred to as Roy's Map of Scotland. It was Roy's advocacy and leadership that led to the creation of the Ordnance Survey in 1791, the year after his death. His technical work in the establishment of a surveying baseline won him the Copley Medal in 1785. His maps and drawings of Roman archaeological sites in Scotland were the first accurate and systematic study of the subject, and have not been improved upon even today. Roy was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Battle for Bull Centre August 1908 Salvationists Ensigns William and Elizabeth Roy and 'Mother' Elisabeth Wood were jailed for preaching the gospel on this street. The campaign for their release changed policing of public gatherings forever.

High Street, Dartford, United Kingdom where they jailed for preaching the gospel