John Whitehurst (1713-1788) was a clockmaker and a scientist who developed our knowledge of geology and helped to promote it as a major scientific discipline. In a 1778 book, An Inquiry into the Original State and Formation of the Earth, republished in 1978 was perhaps the first writer to suggest that Ireland may have been part of Atlantis[p258].
Whitehurst was fascinated by the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and maintained that it had been created by a volcano to the north, which is now submerged. This volcano he linked with Atlantis.
*The 2nd edition of 1786 edition is now available to be read online(a).*