1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.
In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
Scottish and northern English:1. from a Middle English short form of Lawrence . 2. topographic name for someone who lived near a hill, northern Middle English law (from Old English hlāw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’).