Authorised form of namePett; Sir; Peter (? 1630 - 1699); lawyer and author
Dates? 1630 - 1699
Place of birthEngland, Europe
Date of birthc. October 1630
Place of deathEngland, Europe
Date of death1 April 1699
Dates and placesBaptism:
St Nicholas Church, Deptford, England, Europe (31 October 1630)
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London, England, Europe (19 April 1699)
Mr Young's School at Greenwich; St Paul's School, London; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (admitted 1645; BA 1648); Pembroke College, Oxford; Incorporated at Oxford (1648); BCL (1650); Middle Temple (admitted 1656); Gray's Inn (admitted 1658)
Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (1648); called to the bar from Middle Temple (1664); published 'Discourse Concerning Liberty of Conscience' (1661); Advocate General for Ireland (1661); MP for Askeaton in the Irish Parliament (1661-1666); published 'The Happy Future State of England' (1681); benefactor to the Bodleian Library
Kt 1663
Membership categoryOriginal Fellow
Date of election20/05/1663
Date of ejection or withdrawal18 November 1675 ('for not performing his obligation to the Society')
Royal Society activityCommittee and panels:
Mechanical Committee (1664)
RelationshipsParents: Peter Pett, Chief Contractor of the Navy, and Elizabeth Johnson
Additional relatives: first cousin of Peter Pett, Commissioner of the Navy (FRS 1663)
Published works
General contextIn his role in Irish parliament, Pett profited from Irish farm taxations and the confiscation of Dutch properties in the area. As a writer and biographer, he is known as a polemicist, and from a religious perspective was considered latitudinarian. His later works showed an overall indifference to the differences between Protestants and Catholics, although they also showed his objection to the Pope and related doctrines and ceremonies.
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; St Paul's; Venn; Foster; MT; McDonnell
The election date is Pett'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 elected on 16 January 1661.
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Royal Society codeNA5226
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
NLB/11/547Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to J K Laughton, 5 Pepys Road, Wimbledon22 July 1895
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