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EVANS , JOHN ( 1723 - 1795 ), cartographer . Born at Llwyn-y-groes , Llanymynech , in 1723 . He is known mainly for his published engravings which included an illustration of the waterfall, Pistyll Rhaeadr , and two maps of North Wales . His map of North Wales , published in nine sheets in 1795 on the scale of nearly one inch to the mile, is the best and largest map of the region to appear before the publication of the one-inch maps of the Ordnance Survey ; it was dedicated to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn and engraved by Robert Baugh of Llandysilio .

Evans prepared an edition on a reduced scale (about three miles to the inch) also engraved by Baugh , but it was not published until 1797 , two years after his death. The maps were, for the time, of unusually high merit on account of their pleasing appearance and the amount and accuracy of the details which they included.

His son John Evans ( 1756 - 1846 ) reissued the maps and received an award from the Royal Society of Arts . The father d. in 1795 .

Bibliography:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 , 66;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1878 , 39.

Author:

Frederick John North, O.B.E., D.Sc., F.G.S., F.S.A., F.M.A., (1889-1968), Cardiff