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Catesby, Mark (31 December 1682–23 December 1749), naturalist, botanist, and ornithologist, was born in Castle Hedingham, Essex, England, the son of John Catesby, a former town clerk, justice of the peace, and mayor of Sudbury, England, and Elizabeth Jekyll. He may have attended the local grammar school in Sudbury, but little is known of his educational record. It is thought that he had no university-level or formal legal training, although his eldest brother was a student at Cambridge University and the Inns of Court in London. Catesby was reasonably proficient in Latin, and it is possible that he either had some training in botany or some early experience in that field. It is also probable that he met and learned from the celebrated English naturalist John Ray sometime prior to the latter’s death in 1705....