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Thomas Kitchin (or Thomas Kitchen) (1718–1784) was an and , who became to the king. He was also a writer, who wrote about the history of the .

He was born in , and was apprenticed to in 1732. Originally based in , by late 1755 Kitchin was established on Hill. From 1773 Kitchin was royal hydrographer to the king. He married Sarah Bowen, daughter of , in 1739, and then Jane, daughter of , in 1762. He died in on 23 June 1784. Kitchin lived and worked in until his retirement.

He produced 's map of Scotland (1746), Geographia Scotiae (1749), and The Small English Atlas (1749) with . The Large English Atlas (with Bowen 1749–60) was a serious attempt to cover England at large scale. In 1755 Kitchin engraved the of North America. He worked for . He produced 170 maps for London Magazine (1747–83). Kitchin was the head for the King of England. Kitchin frequently stole the works of other cartographers, which is one reason why he "created" so much work as a cartographer. His book, The Present State of the West-Indies: Containing an Accurate Description of What Parts Are Possessed by the Several Powers in Europe was published in 1778 bt R. Baldwin in London.

Kitchin died in June 1784 and was buried in St Alban's Cathedral. His memorial stone has not survived.

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