Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
He became Sir Martin Beckman, many of whose plans are in the British Museum. He became chief engineer, and was knighted 20th March 1685. The map of Tangier here mentioned is in the collection of George III at the British Museum. (Warrington)
Sir Martin Beckman (d. 1702)With de Gomme, the principal military Engineer in in England. Originally a Swedish artillery officer, he became a captain in the royalist navy. As Engineer-General at Tangier from 1662, he supervised (with de Gomme) the construction of its fortification, and in 1682-4 had sole charge of the demolition of the place. He also designed the fortification of Portsmouth in 1678, and as a hydrographer carried out, with Thomas Phillips, a survey of the English Channel. He was knighted in 1685, when he became Chief Engineer and Master-Gumnner of England. Pepys kept in his library two examples of his work in another though related genre -- his designs fore fireworks displays. (L&M Companion)
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