Samuel Rowbotham

The great-great-grand papa flerf of the modern flat earth movement is undoubtedly Samuel Rowbotham.

Flerfs claim he was a doctor. No such records exist. His history has been told in several different places, I will include links to these. However, there are a few notable things to include.

He killed his own daughter with strychnine. This is not mentioned by the flat earthers that idolize him.

Books that cover Rowbotham

Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea” by Christine Garwood

Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything” by Kelly Weill

This list is incomplete. Feel free to email with additional titles.