JOHN ARNOLD: born in Bodmin, Cornwall in 1736, the son of a watchmaker. He began young as an apprentice to his father and went on to become a partner. However, an argument saw the ending of their partnership and young Arnold left the country initially to work in The Hague, Holland. In 1764 he constructed the smallest-ever repeating and striking watch, which was set into a ring and presented to King George III as a gift.
WILLIAM BLIGH | Died 7 December 1817. 'Bligh is best-known for the mutiny that occurred during his command of the HMS Bounty in 1789, but it was not his only brush with disaster. Earlier he had been a member of Captain Cook's last, and fatal, voyage. In 1797, he was one of the captains subject to the Spithead Mutiny. And, while Governor of New South Wales, a conflict between Bligh and the colonists resulted in the Rum Rebellion of 1808.' ✫ღ⊰n
JOHN COUCH ADAMS FRS (5 June 1819 – 21 January 1892) | 'British mathematician and astronomer, born at Laneast, near Launceston, in 1819 to a poor farming family. Adams is perhaps best known for his work in astronomy. Whilst investigating irregularities in the motion of the planet Uranus, he discovered the planet Neptune. He was also an important researcher of the motion of the moon and of the November meteors.' ✫ღ⊰n