William Bourne

Date c. 1535-1582
Biographical NotesWriter on Mathematics, navigation, and gunnery, best known for his practical textbooks. He was not university educated; rather his works were populist accounts of technical matters for a popular audience. He was town Councillor of Gravesend 1562 and in 1571–72 served as port-reeve, the equivalent of mayor. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [Preface to Bourne's A Booke Called the Treasure for Traveilers] (1578) in A Booke Called the Treasure for Traveilers, divided into five Bookes or Partes, Contaynyng very necessary Matters, for all sortes of Travailers, eyther by Sea or by Lande