Authorised form of nameHoskyns; Sir; John (1634 - 1705); lawyer and natural philosopher
Other forms of nameHoskins, Sir John
Dates1634 - 1705
Dates and placesBirth:
Herefordshire, England, Europe (23 July 1634)
12 September 1705
Harewood, Herefordshire, England, Europe
ActivityResearch field:
Westminster School; Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1650); Middle Temple (admitted 1647)
Called to the Bar (1653); Commissioner for Assessment for Herefordshire (1665-1680, 1689-1690); Master in Chancery (1671-1703); Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire (1683-1689, 1691-death); MP for Herefordshire (1685-1687)
Kt 1676
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
04 December 1661
William Ball (13 November 1661)
PRS 1682-1683; Secretary 1685-1687; VP 1681-1682, 1686- , 1690- , 1695-
Committee appointments include:
Committee for Correspondence (1664)
Committee for Reviewing the Laws (1663)
Committee for Agriculture (1664)
Committee for the Histories of Trades (1664)
Committee for Collecting all the Phenomena of Nature hitherto observed (1664)
Committee regarding the tenancy in Chelsea College (1681)
Other RSActivity:
Involvement in adjusting and re-establishing the Society's statutes relating to printers in 1681.
Offered his legal expertise to the Society's activities.
RelationshipsParents: Sir Bennet Hoskyns, Baronet of Harewood and Moreton Park, and Anne Bingley; succeeded his father as 2nd Bart (1680)
Grandparents: Sergeant John Hoskyns
Married: Jane Lowe
Children: five overall, including Bennet Hoskyns
General contextHoskyns was quite involved socially with a variety of his peers and engaged in frequent correspondence and conversations with contemporaries such as Robert Hooke or John Aubrey. His appointment as Commissioner of Assessments derived from the 1659 Act of Assessment, which aimed at the assessment, collection, and payment of set amounts of money from counties and cities within England, Scotland, and Ireland, in order to pay for costs incurred during the Commonwealth. During his position as an MP for Herefordshire, he was active in James II's Parliament and was involved in 23 committees, including one regarding the general naturalisation of Huguenot refugees.
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Michael Hunter, 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 9-114
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Royal Society codeNA6114
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
DM/5/68'Transactions of the Committee for Correspondence'19 August 1664, 23 September 1664
IM/002258Hoskins, Sir Johnnd
EL/B1/109aWilliam Balle, dated at Exeter, Devon, to John Hoskins, master in Chancery3 July 1682
EL/H3/70Robert Hooke to John Hoskins31 March 1683
MM/16/40Letter from William Balle, Exeter, to Robert Hooke28 Mar 1682
DM/5/79D'Recommended to Mr Hoskyns'c.1660s
DM/5/69Opinion of John Hoskyns, William Erskine and Peter Balle concerning 'the manuscript bookes in the Library bestowed by the Honble Henry Lord Howard of Norfolke on the Royall Society'1 March 1668
DM/5/61Opinion of the Committee for reviewing the Laws19 December 1663
IM/002259Hoskins, Sir Johnnd
MS/390/14Bond of John Hoskins to the Treasurer of the Royal Society23 November 1674
DM/5/64Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture (endorsed as 'Transactions of the Georgicall Committee')October 1664-February 1664/5
IM/002257Hoskins, Sir Johnnd
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