Reference numberMS/250
TitlePapers of Martin Folkes
CreatorFolkes; Martin (1690-1754); antiquary and natural philosopher; freemason
DescriptionCorrespondence, mainly to Martin Folkes on a large variety of subjects, including administrative matters for the Royal Society.
LanguageEnglish and French
Extent275 letters
Physical descriptionGuardbook, size 15.75 x 10.5 inches
ArrangementAlphabetically by correspondent. Four original guardbooks bound as one, MS Large
Finding aidsArchive card catalogue
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyEldest son of Martin Folkes a solicitor, and Dorothy his wife. Attended University of Saumur, France. Entered Clare Hall Cambridg4e in 1706 to study mathematics, matriculated 1709. MA in 1717. Interested in coins; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1719. Lost Presidency of Royal Society to Sir Hans Sloane in 1727, succeeded in 1741 following Sloane's retirement. Under his presidency the Society's meetings became very 'literary', and the Society lost much of its professional character. Folkes papers to the 'Philosophical Transactions' concentrated on astronomy. Despite the criticisms, Folkes was elected to the 'Academie des Sciences' in 1742 in succession to Edmund Halley. Following his publication 'Table of English Gold Coins' published at his own expense, his 'Table of Silver Coins from the Conquest' were published by the Society of Antiquaries in 1744. The 'Tables' were much consulted by antiquaries. He was President of the Society of Antiquaries from 1750 until his death His communications were on Roman antiquities and coins. When his health failed, he resigned from his office at the Royal Society.
Related materialSee additional letters to Martin Folkes, reference MS/790; Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University, journal while in Venice and Rome, 1733, Ref. MS Eng misc c444; Norfolk Record Office, memoranda book and rent roll; Manuscript Collections, British Library, correspondence and papers, Ref. Add MSS 1783-1835, letters to Hans Sloane 1726-1744; Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, papers Ref. MSS 2391-2392; Society of Antiquaries of London, account of the death of Henry Darnley 1737; Centre for Kentish Studies, correspondence with Lord Stanhope Ref. U1590/C21
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NA8378Folkes; Martin (1690 - 1754); antiquary and natural philosopher1690 - 1754
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