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Authorised form of nameClayton; Sir; John (c1620 - c1710); lawyer and virtuoso
SurnameClayton
ForenamesJohn
Datesc1620 - c1710
ActivityEducation:
Inner Temple (admitted 1682)
Career:
Called to the bar (1691)
Honours:
Kt 1664
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
20/05/1663
Committee appointments include:
Committee for Collecting all the Phenomena of Nature hitherto observed (1664)
Committee for Correspondence (1664)
Other RSActivity:
Proposed on 4 September 1661
Brought in variety of varnishes for report (1661)
RelationshipsParents: Sir Jasper Clayton and Mary Thompson
Married: Alice Buggins (née Bowyer)
General contextWhile Clayton was somewhat actively involved in the early Society's development and a member of multiple committees, not much else is known about his legal practice, as well as his personal life.
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; Hunter; Le Neve
References:
Donald R Dickson, 'Thomas Henshaw and Sir Robert Paston's Pursuit of the Red Elixir: An Early Collaboration Between Fellows of the Royal Society' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 57-76
Notes:
The election date is Clayton's re-election date into the Society after the grant of the second charter in April 1663. All Fellows admitted in a two-month window after this charter, until 22 June 1663, are considered Original Fellows. He was previously admitted into the Society on 9 October 1661.
Uncertainty regarding dates of existence due to Inner Temple admissions dates. Year of birth and death taken from Hunter.
Inner Temple admissions register has John Clayton, admitted 1682, from Parsons Green, Middlesex.
Royal Society codeNA1472
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RBC/1/29'China Vernish Brought in by Mr John Clayton'1661
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