Authorised form of namePetiver; James (1663 - 1718)
Dates1663 - 1718
Dates and placesBirth:
Hillmorton, near Rugby, Warwickshire, England (1663)
His house in Aldersgate Street, London (02 April 1718)
Chancel of St Botolph's Church, Aldersgate Street, London
Research Field:
Botany; Entomology
Rugby School; apprenticed to Mr Feltham, Apothecary to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London; Leyden (1711)
Practised in London; corresponded with John Ray (FRS 1667) and many other naturalists; made a collection of several thousand plants; Apothecary to the Charterhouse; Demonstrator of Plants to the Society of Apothecaries (1709); purchased Dr Hermann's museum in Leyden for Sir Hans Sloane (FRS 1685) (1711); Sloane purchased his collections of specimens, books and manuscripts after his death and they are now in the British Museum
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of James Petiver and his wife, Mary, daughter of Richard Elborowe; unmarried
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Innes Smith
Frank N Egerton, 'Richard Bradley's Relationship with Sir Hans Sloane' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 59-77
W H G Armytage, 'The Royal Society and the Apothecaries' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 22-37
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
J H Appleby, 'The founding of St Petersburg in the context of the Royal Society's relationship with Russia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 273-284
N Ibanez, J M Monserrat, I Soriano and J M Camarasa, 'Plant material exchanged between James Petiver (ca.1663-1718) and Joan Salvador I Riera (1683-1725). I. The Balearic plants conserved in the BC-Salvador', in NR 2006 vol 60 pp 241-248
Royal Society codeNA6857
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/L4/39Translation of a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to James Petiver1711
EL/L4/38Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to James Petiver18 August 1711
EL/R1/55Olaum Rudbeck senior and Olaum Rudbeck junior, dated at Uppsala, to James Petiver3 April 1700
EL/B2/46Benjamin Bullivant, dated at Boston, New England, to James Petiver25 January 1698
EL/W3/127Extract of a letter from Thomas Walduck to James Petiver20 May 1714
RBO/8/63A further account of Nuce vomica from Father Camelli to John Ray and James Petiver1699
CLP/10i/35Description of 'amonum' or tugus sent from Reverend George Camelli, Philippines, to John Ray and James Petivernd
LBO/14/123Copy letter from Dr Alex Stewart, Leyden, to James Petiver30 June 1711
LBO/15/43Copy extract of a letter from Mr Walduck to James Petiver20 May 1714
MS/390/103Bond of James Petiver to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1695
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