- Lincoln Diamant
Machin, Thomas (20 March 1744–03 April 1816), revolutionary war engineer and artillery officer, was born near Wolverhampton, in Staffordshire, England, the son of John Machin, the eminent English astronomer and mathematician; his mother’s name is unknown. His father died when Thomas was seven years old. At the age of fifteen he was enrolled by his mother as a cadet in the British army. During the Seven Years’ War he fought against the French (1759) at Minden, in Germany....