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25 April

James Ferguson

25 April 1710: The birth near Rothiemay of Scottish astronomer James Ferguson. Ferguson gained fame through his travelling lectures and easy-to-understand works on the basics of astronomy, despite never receiving formal training. He learned mechanics at a very early age and developed an interest in stargazing while working as a shepherd in the Scottish Highlands.

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