Authorised form of nameHoskyns; Sir; John (1634 - 1705); lawyer and natural philosopher
Other forms of surnameHoskins
Dates1634 - 1705
Place of birthHerefordshire, England, Europe
Date of birth23 July 1634
Date of death12 September 1705
Dates and placesBurial:
Harewood, Herefordshire, England, Europe
Research fieldHorticulture
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
Membership categoryOriginal Fellow
Date of election20/05/1663
ProposerWilliam Ball
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
PRS 1682-1683; Secretary 1685-1687; VP 1681-1682, 1686- , 1690- , 1695-
Committee and panels:
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 Royal Society activityInvolvement 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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OtherFormsOfName from Hunter
Hunter, M. 1976-7. 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685', vol. 31, pp. 9-114
The election date is Hoskyns' 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 admitted into the Society on 4 December 1661.
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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
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
EL/H1/90Letter, from John Hoskins to Henry Oldenburgnd
DM/5/64Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture (endorsed as 'Transactions of the Georgicall Committee')October 1664-February 1665
EL/A/36Letter, from St George Ashe to the Secretary of the Royal Society, dated at Trinity College Dublin27 April 1686
IM/002257Hoskins, Sir Johnnd
EL/H3/70Letter, from Robert Hooke to John Hoskins31 March 1683
EL/B1/109aLetter, from William Balle to John Hoskins, dated at Exeter, Devon3 July 1682
EL/F2/2Letter, from Samuel Fole to the Secretary, dated at Stourbridge in Worcestershire5 July 1687
EL/B2/38Letter, from Peter Bayle to J[ohn] Roskyns, dated at Rotterdam8 June 1686
RBO/2i/16Observations of Iceland by Mr Hoskins24 December 1662
CLP/18i/20Paper, regarding the digester used for cooking rice by Denis Papin19 May 1686
RBO/2i/15'Enquiries for such as goe to Groenland [Greenland]' by Mr Hoskins17 December 1662
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