John Ogilby (also Ogelby, Oglivie; 17 November 1600 – 4 September 1676) was a Scottish translator, impresario and cartographer. Best known for publishing the first detailed British road atlas, he was also a successful translator, noted for publishing his work in handsome illustrated editions. He also established Ireland's first theatre on Dublin's Werburgh Street.Life
Childhood and youth (1600−1618)
Most older biographies of Ogilby rely on the notes of his assistant, John Aubrey, made for Brief Lives, an unpublished biography of Ogilby and others. The accuracy of Aubrey's account is questionable: Aubrey himself noted that Ogilby was being evasive about his origins, saying only that he was born "near Edinburgh" in 1600 "of a gentleman's family". Later scholarship has discovered that in 1653, Ogilby consulted Elias Ashmole, the noted astrologer. Subsequently, Ashmole included Ogilby's horoscope in a book of collected horoscopes of notable people. This requ
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