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Portrait of John Speed taken from John Speed's Canaan, his only known wall map. Stephen Luck, owner of Tooley Adams & Co., supplied this image and describes it as from the bottom right sheet of an eight sheet map of the Holy Land. The portrait may be by C. Lacey


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   1551/2 John Speed born in Farndon in Cheshire (Chester)
   1557/8 Future wife, Susanna Draper, born London
   1558 Nov. 17th Queen Elizabeth I Ascends to the throne. Age 25 years.
   1564 Apr. 26th (est.) William Shakespeare born,
   1567 Speed's father rents a sizable house from St. Paul's, London
   1570 Sept. 10th Speed becomes a Freeman by patrimony Merchant Taylor Company
   1572 Marries Susanna (age 13) and they have 18 children (12 sons & 6 daughters)
   1578 Ann Speed born.
   1580 Joan Speed born. Died February 1645.
   1580 Edward Blackmore Speed born.
   1582 William Speed born
   1590 Adam Speed born.
   1592 Publishes Genealogies with Hugh Broughton
   1592 Leases two tenements in St. Paul's Churchyard, London
   1593 Sarah Speed born
   1595 January John Speed (Jr.) born. Died 1640.
   1595 Wall Map of Canaan
   1598 Obtains an allowance from Sir Fulke Greville, Treasurer of the Royal Navy
   1598 Presents maps to Queen Elizabeth
   1598 June 15th, Queen Elizabeth gives Speed position of customs waiter
           and a room in the Custom-House
   1598 Creates portrait of Chaucer for Thomas Speght's works of Chaucer. Used until 1687.
   1600 Speed gives several maps to The Merchant Taylors' Company
c.1601 Invasions of England and Ireland map (4 sheets)
   1603 James Speed born
   1603 March 24th Queen Elizabeth I Dies at Richmond Palace, Surrey Age 69 years.
   1603 March 24th King James I Ascends to the throne. Age 36 years.
   1606 Speed granted a coat of arms by James I for his Genealogies and maps.
   1606 Befriends Robert Cotton (library), William Smith (source of heraldry),
           and William Camden (an intellectual and a founder of the Society of Antiquaries)
   1607 April 27th William Camden introduces Speed to Jodocus Hondius (engraver for Mercator
           and married to Pieter van den Keere's sister)
   1611 Engraved copper plates sent to England from Holland. William Hall & John Beale begin type-setting
   1611 Publishes Historie of Great Britain, major work with the Theatre
   1611 Folio Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (67 county maps) / published by William Sudbury & George Humble
   1611 Speed's Map of Canaan with Speed's Genealogies first issued bound with the first edition of the King James Bible
   1613 July 1st Speed resigns. Surrender of the office of attendant on the King
           in the port of London.
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   1614 Folio Theatre published by William Sudbury and George Humble
   1616 Apr. 23rd (est.) William Shakespeare dies Stratford-upon-Avon. Age 52 years.
   1616 Folio Theatre Latin edition published by William Sudbury and George Humble
c.1619-20 Miniature Theatre (oblong octavo) by Pieter van den Keere
   1623 Folio Theatre published by George Humble
   1625 March 27th King James I dies in Herefordshire.
   1627 Folio Theatre with the Prospect published by George Humble
           Theatre 40 shillings bound, 30 shillings unbound.
           History 30 shillings bound, 20 shillings unbound.
   1627 Miniature Theatre George Humble added 23 plates to Pieter van den Keere's atlas
   1628 March 28th Susanna Speed dies after 57 years of marriage and 18 children. Age 70.2 years.
   1629 July 28th John Speed dies in London having suffered from blindness and gallstones. Age 77.5 years.
   1631-32 Folio Theatre with Prospect published by George Humble
   1646 Folio Theatre with Prospect published by William Humble
   1646 Miniature Theatre with Prospect added to it published
   1654 Theatre with Prospect published by William Humble
   1662-1665 Folio Theatre with Prospect published by Roger Rea
   1662 Miniature Theatre with Prospect
   1665 Miniature Theatre with Prospect
   1666 September Great Fire of London
   1668 Miniature Theatre with Prospect
   1676 Miniature Theatre with Prospect
   1676 Folio Theatre with Prospect published by Thomas Basset and Richard Chiswell
   1680-81 / Christopher Brown
   1700 John Overton acquires Speed copper plates.
   1708 Henry Overton publishes Speed's maps anonymously. Added roads.
   1770 Last edition published by Cluer Dicey & Co.


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John Speed's tomb in the Church of St. Giles in Cripplegate.
Born in Farndon in Cheshire in 1552. Died July 28th 1629. Age 77.

 


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