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Surveyor, of Moyle, Co. Donegal. John Hood, who was born circa 1721, was living near St Johnston, Co. Donegal, when James Hamilton, agent to the 8th Earl of Abercorn, asked him to survey the lands of Tonagh, Co. Donegal, in 1769. John Hood, who was said by Hamilton to be 'reputed a good surveyor and honest man', had published Tables of difference of latitude and departure for navigators, land surveyors &c. in 1772. He surveyed all the Abercorn estates 'at considerable labour and expense' in the years 1774-1777. He died in 1784. His son, John Hood the younger, for whom see Oxford DNB, was a surveyor in Dublin and an inventor of surveying instruments.
All information in this entry is from J.H. Gebbie, An Introduction to the Abercorn Letters (1972), 88,251, J.H. Andrews, Plantation Acres (Ulster Historical Foundation, 1985), 434, and Sarah Bendall, ed., Dictionary of Land Surveyors and Local Map-Makers of Great Britain and Ireland 1530-1850 (2nd edition, 1997), II, 255.
|Hood, John||Tables of difference of latitude and departure for navigators, land surveyors &c.||1772||Dublin, 1772.|