Authorised form of nameShadwell; Sir; John (1671 - 1747); Knight Physician
Dates1671 - 1747
Place of birthChelsea, Middlesex, England
Date of birth1671
Place of deathWindmill Street, London
Date of death04 January 1747
Dates and placesBurial:
Bath Abbey, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
OccupationKnight Physician
ActivityEducation: University College, Oxford (matriculated 15 May 1685); All Souls College (BA 1689); (MA 1693); (BM 1697); (DM 1701).

Physician extraordinary to Queen Anne (1709, sworn one of the physicians-in-ordinary 1712 ); George I and later to George II, who honoured him with a knighthood in 1715. Retired to France (1735-40). During his retirement to the continent, Shadwell witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, an account of which he supplied to the Royal Society (1737).

FRS (1701); FRCP (1712)

Kt (1715)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election03/12/1701
Age at election30
Other Royal Society activityElected a fellow of the Royal Society on 30 November 1701 and admitted on 3 December 1701.

One letter he received, 'Account of an extraordinary skeleton' (Philosophical Transactions, Volume 41, Issue 461), (URL:, published 31 December 1741, he set before the society. In 1737 Shadwell supplied his account of the eruption of Vesuvis to the Royal Society (Philosophical Transactions, Volume 41, Issue 455), (URL:, published 31 December 1739.
RelationshipsParents: Thomas Shadwell (c. 1640–1692), poet laureate and historiographer, and Anne (neé Gibbs) (fl. 1661–1705).
Spouse: Elizabeth (neé Coldwall) first marriage; Anna (neé Binns) second marriage (12 March 1725).
Children: Eight sons and three daughters (Catherine, Molly), from first marriage.
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Royal College of Physicians, Inspiring Physicians [; last accessed 18/10/2023]; Bath Abbey Memorials [; last accessed 18/10/2023]
Royal Society codeNA3697
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/4/54Letter from John Shadwell to the Council of the Royal Society31 March 1730
NLB/11/532Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to W Wilfred Webb, Odstock, Netley Abbey, Hants17 July 1895
EL/H3/80Letter, from Charles Holt to Dr [John] Shadwell1699
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