Authorised form of nameThoresby; Ralph (1658 - 1725); antiquary and topographer
Dates1658 - 1725
Place of birthLeeds, Yorkshire, England
Date of birth16 August 1658
Date of death16 October 1725
Dates and placesBurial:
In the chancel of St Peter's, the parish church, Leeds, Yorkshire
Research fieldBotany
Leeds Grammar School; in the household of his relative, John Dickenson, Merchant of London
Travelled to Rotterdam (1678); carried on the family business after the death of his father (1679); Member of the Incorporated Society of Merchant Adventurers trading to Hamburg (1684); a Nonconformist as a young man, he conformed to the Church of England (1699); retired from business (1705); assembled a 'Museum of Rarities' which, with his library, was sold at auction after the death of his son, Ralph
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election30/11/1697
RelationshipsSon of John Thoresby, Wool and Cloth Merchant, of Leeds and his wife, Ruth, daughter of Ralph Idle of Bulmer, Yorkshire; married Anna, daughter of Richard Sykes of Leeds
General contextThere is a Thoresby Society in Leeds
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
W H G Armytage, 'Sir Godfrey Copley, FRS (1653-1709). Some Tercentenary Glimpses through Letters to his Friends' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 54-74
P Fontes da Costa, 'The Culture of Curiosity at The Royal Society in the first half of the eighteenth century', NR 2002 vo l56 pp 147-166
Royal Society codeNA4383
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/T/55Ralph Thoresby to Martin Lister22 December 1698
EL/T/63Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Hans Sloane25 February 1713
EL/H3/88Thomas Hearne, dated at Oxford, to Ralph Thoresby3 January 1710
CLP/16/29Figures of the bases of columns for a Roman altar from a letter from Ralph Thoresby to Hans Sloane nd
LBO/11B/79Copy of part of a letter from Ralph Thoresby, Leeds, to Martin Lister10 July 1697
RBO/11/9'Some Amendments and Additions to the Account of things found underground in Lincolnshire in the Transactions of May and June Anno Domini 1702 no 279' by Ralph Thoresby1723
EL/T/62Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Chamberlayne6 December 1712
EL/T/60Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Hans Sloane3 November 1711
EL/T/54Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Thomas Gale6 November 1697
EL/T/56Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Evelyn15 February 1699
EL/T/59Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Abraham Hill29 June 1700
EL/T/64Extract of a letter from Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Chamberlayne5 February 1715
EL/T/58Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Evelyn24 June 1699
EL/T/53Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Martin Lister30 October 1697
EL/T/52Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to Martin Lister11 November 1696
EL/T/61Ralph Thoresby, dated at London, to John Chamberlayne22 August 1712
RBO/8/39'An account of a Young Man Slain with Thunder and Lightning December 22 1698' from Ralph Thoresby to Martin Lister1698
RBO/7/49'An Account of the Roman Pottery' by Ralph Thoresby sent to Martin Listernd
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