Notable People   Richard Martinscroft On 3 January 1666/7 Richard Martinscroft was buried in Eccles Churchyard at   the age of 80.  According to the long Latin inscription on his gravestone   his wife Elizabeth had been buried there some 22 years earlier in October,   1644, at the age of 63 although she does not appear in the Eccles burial   register. Richard was living in Manchester by 1604?/1606 and in the words of the grave   inscription he was a remarkable joiner, excellent surveyor, fine clockmaker,   and an outstanding mathematician being perfect in arithmetic and a second   Euclid in geometry.  The best known and most important of his maps is that made in 1641 of the   Northenden estates of Sir Robert Tatton of Wythenshawe Hall.  Two others survive in Manchester Archives: one for John Hartley of Strangeway Hall   (1641) and the other of Abraham Clegg's tenement of similar date.  There is   also a 1646 survey of the Ordsall Hall demesne lands held by Chetham's   Library. In 1651 Martinscroft was described in the Royalist Composition Papers as 'a   poor old man over sixty years of age' when two thirds of his estate were sequestered for his recusancy.    However five years later in 1656 he was   responsible with his son George for the design and construction of the   chained library and 24 carved stools at Chetham's Library.  The chains were   removed in the 18th century and gates provided instead.  In the same year   he painted dials for two clocks in Chetham's Hospital.  Richard was described as 'of Manchester' on his gravestone but when he made   his will in 1657 he was living in Whittleswick, now Trafford Park.  This   may indicate that, at least during the years of the Protectorate, because he   was a Roman Catholic, he was living on or near the estate of Sir Cecil de   Trafford who was also a Roman Catholic and one of the overseers of his will.  The Latin inscription on his grave had deteriorated badly by the time the   churchyard was recorded in 1964 before it was covered over, but a more complete version was fortunately recorded by John Owen during the nineteenth   century. Owen MSS v.13 p.126 (as published in Transactions of the Lancashire and   Cheshire Antiquarian Socity vol. IV 1886)  Sub hoc tumulo ingeniosi Richard Martincroftei cineres tumulantur qui   praesignis intestini operis faber praecellens agrimensor solaris horalogicus   eximus emicuit in arithmetica omnibus numeris absolitus et secundus Euclidi   geometria cu.ac cessissent summus mathematicus tertio Januarii 1666 anno   aetatis suae lxxx diem obiisset  Hic insuper sepulta iacet Elisabetha eiusdem Richardi consors quae diem   clausit extremum Octobris xxii mdcxliv anno aetatis suae lxiii.  Xri Bell of Trafford Burd Dec 31 1772. Sources  Graveyard Monumental Inscriptions at Eccles Parish Church recorded 1936 and   1964 Martinscroft, Richard: Collection A true mapp and particular description of   the land of John Hartley,    gentleman, called Stranway's [Strangeways] lying near Manchester, made by   Richard Martinscroft,   cartographer 1641 (GB127.BR ff 912.4273 M15) Martinscroft, Richard: Collection Map of Abraham Clegg's tenement by Richard   Martinscroft,   cartographer c.1641 (GB127.BR ff 912.4273 M16) Owen mss, vol. 13 p.126;  ((GMCRO GB127.M740/8/21/1/4/9),  ) Proceedings in Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian   Society vol. IV    (1886) pp. 259-264 Royalist Composition Papers (Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire), iv,   122, 123 Shercliff, W.A.:  Richard Martinscrofte and his Maps.  Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. 80, 1980 pp. 22-29