John Knox

KNOX, John (1837?-1908) — Southampton

Ordnance Survey engraver. Engraved the outlines on some sheets of the six-inch OS surveys of Kent and Hampshire 1862-1873.

Born in Edinburgh about 1837, the son of James Knox (1799-1856), an Edinburgh engraver, and his Belfast-born wife Ann Swanston (1806-1864), who married in 1826. Brother of James Knox, also an Ordnance Survey engraver (see BME 2011). John Knox was working for the Ordnance Survey in Southampton by 1862, in which year he testified at an inquest on his having discovered the body of a young woman drowned in a shallow pond (Hampshire Advertiser, 13 Sep 1862). Married (1) Sarah Jane Dymott (1848-1876) at St. Peter, Southampton, 9 Apr 1868. Resident in Southampton with her and two children in 1871. Married (2) Helen (Ellen) Ann McLeod (1851-1919), daughter of the Scottish engraver Thomas McLeod (see BME 2011) at St. Luke, Southampton, 26 Feb 1877. There were six children in the household by 1881. Testifying as a witness in an assault case in 1885, Knox said that he believed he was a descendant of his namesake, the Scottish reformer (Hampshire Advertiser, 26 Dec 1885). His eldest son, James Ernest Knox (1870-1939), was also an engraver for the Ordnance Survey by 1891. John Knox had retired by 1901 and died in the latter part of 1908.

Anglesea Terrace, Southampton (home) — 1862
Shaftesbury Road, Southampton (home) — 1866
4 Amoy Street, Southampton (home) — 1868
Buckland Terrace, Bevois Road, Southampton (home) — 1871
Milton Road, Millbrook (home) — 1881
195 Derby Road, St. Mary, Southampton (home) — 1891
Bond Road, Portswood (home) — 1901

BNA. Census 1841-1851, 1871-1901. NA.