Reference Entry

Townsend, Joseph (1739-1816), geologist and writer

Arthur Sherbo

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:


Townsend, Joseph (1739-1816), geologist and writer, fourth son of Chauncy Townsend MP (d. 1770), a linen merchant and mining speculator, and his wife, Bridget (d. 1762), daughter of James Phipps, governor of Cape Coast Castle, was born in London on 4 April 1739. He matriculated from Clare College, Cambridge at ...

Reference Entry.  983 words. 

Subjects: biography ; history

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian