Authorised form of nameWard; Seth (1617 - 1689)
Other forms of name'Seth Sarum'
Dates1617 - 1689
Dates and placesBirth:
Aspenden, Hertfordshire, England
St Mary, Aspenden, Hertfordshire (05 April 1617)
His house at Knightsbridge, London (06 January 1689)
South Aisle of Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
Clergyman, Church of England
Research Field:
School at Buntingford, Hertfordshire; studied William Oughtred's mathematics with Charles Scarburgh (FRS 1663); Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; BA (1637), MA (1640), DD (Oxford 1654)
Fellow of Sidney (1640-1644) ejected; ordained priest (1641); imprisoned in St John's College, Cambridge as a Royalist (1644); Tutor to the sons of Ralph Freeman at Aspenden Hall (c1644-1649); Savilian Professor of Astronomy, Oxford (1649-1661); lived at Wadham College, where the Warden was John Wilkins (FRS 1663); President of Trinity College, Oxford (1659-1660); Rector of Garsington, Oxford (1660) ejected; Canon and Precentor of Exeter (1660-1662); Rector of St Lawrence Jewry, London (1661-1662); Rector of Uplowman, Devon (1661); Rector of St Breock, Cornwall (1662); Dean of Exeter (1662); Bishop of Exeter (1662-1667); Bishop of Salisbury (1667-1689); Chancellor of the Order of the Garter (1671-1689); benefactor of the Royal Society and Sidney Sussex College; rector of Menheniot, Liskeard, East Cornwall
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
VP 1674-?
RelationshipsSon of John Ward, attorney, of Buntingford and his wife, Martha Dalton
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Venn; Foster; Aubrey
G H Turnbull, 'Samuel Hartlib's Influence on the Early History of the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 101-130
Douglas McKie, 'The Origins and Foundation of the Royal Society of London' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 1-37
C A Ronan, 'Laurence Rooke (1622-1662)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 113-118
A Rupert Hall and Marie Boas Hall, 'The Intellectual Origins of the Royal Society - London and Oxford' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 157-168
Albert Van Helden, 'Christopher Wren's De Corpore Saturni' in NR 1968 vol 23 pp 213-229
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2442
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/004792Ward, Sethnd
DM/5/79E'Desired of my Lord Bishop of Exeter'c.1660s
P/0220Portrait of Ward, Seth
LBO/4/63Copy letter from Edward Cotton, Exeter, to Seth Ward, Lord Bishop of Sarum7 January 1671
MS/390/24Bond of Seth Ward to the Treasurer of the Royal Society26 November 1674
NLB/66/331Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Richard Pilcher Esq., Registrar and Secretary, Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain, Russell Square, W.C 10 April 1924
DM/5/101A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
IM/005106Ward, SethDecember 2004
DM/5/70Resolution signed by Henry Oldenburg, appointing a Committee of the Royal Society to consider a way of determining the measure of a degree on the earth21 October 1669
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