Authorised form of nameHorsley; Samuel (1733 - 1806); mathematician
Other forms of surname'Samuel Rochester'
'Samuel St Davids'
Dates1733 - 1806
Place of birthSt Martin's Place, by St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, England
Date of birth15 September 1733
Place of deathBrighton, Sussex
Date of death04 October 1806
Dates and placesBurial:
Under the altar at St Mary's, Newington Butts, Surrey, removed to Thorley, Hertfordshire in 1876, when St Mary's was demolished to make room for the railway
OccupationClergyman, Church of England
Research fieldMathematics
Trinity Hall, Cambridge; LLB (1758); Incorporated at Oxford (1767); DCL (Oxford 1774)
Rector of St Mary, Newington, Surrey (1758-1793); Rector of Albury, Surrey (1774-1779); Rector of Thorley, Hertfordshire (1777-1782); Archdeacon of St Albans (1781-1788); Vicar of South Weald, Essex (1782-1793); Prebendary of St Paul's (1783-1794); Prebendary of Gloucester (1787-1793); Bishop of St David's (1788-1793); Bishop of Rochester (1793-1802); Dean of Westminster (1793-1802); Bishop of St Asaph (1802-1806); was active in the improvement of conditions of junior clergy
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election09/04/1767
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Sec 1773-1778
RelationshipsSon of John Horsley, clerk, of St Martin's, Westminster.
Married: 1) Mary, daughter of John Botham, his predecessor at Albury (1774); 2) Sarah Wright
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn
A D Atkinson, 'Dr Johnson and the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 131-138
H W Robinson, 'Gleanings from the Library - I. A Note on the Early Minutes' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 92-95
L B Glyn, 'Israel Lyons: a short but starry career. The life of an eighteenth-century Jewish botanist and astronomer' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 275-305
DNB says that he withdrew from the Society, but this is incorrect as his name appears on PL until his death and he was a member of Council from 1804 until his death (index to BR).
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA6920
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/002256Horsley, Samuelnd
MM/1/14Letter from J Mill, Oxford, to Isaac Newton21 February 1693
MM/1/34Copy of a Resolution from twelve Fellows of the Royal Society, recommending the reinstatement of Dr Charles Hutton as Foreign Secretary29 January 1784
MM/3/12Letter from Nathaniel Matthew Wolf, Danzig, to Samuel Horsley, Secretary, Royal Society9 June 1778
MM/1/35Copy of a Resolution from Nine Fellows of the Royal Society, deprecating Presidential influence in the election of Fellowsc.1784
MM/1/13Copy of letter from Samuel Horsley, Bromley House, to John Robison16 November 1800
CB/1/5/170Letter from C J Phipps, Mulgrave Hall to Charles Blagden12 September 1774
NLB/7/595Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Mr J Pinches, 27 Oxenden Street, W.C.20 March 1893
L&P/6/61Letter, 'Of ink' from Edward Bancroft to Samuel Horsley18 March 1774
L&P/6/222Letter, 'Fumigation applied to a consumptive patient' from John Know to Samuel Horsley20 December 1776
MS/391/115Bond of Samuel Horsley to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 April 1767
L&P/7/24Letter, 'Of the cause of earthquakes' from Christopher Gullett to Samuel Horsley5 December 1777
L&P/6/51Letter, 'Description of a cavern near Plymouth' from John Corham Huxham to Samuel Horsley5 March 1774
L&P/5/297Paper, 'The sieve of Erathosthenes - his method of finding prime numbers' by Samuel Horsley7 February 1772
L&P/4/378Paper, 'Distance of the sun from the earth' by Samuel Horsley12 February 1767
L&P/6/4Letter, 'Observations on the Chester bills of mortality for 1772' from John Haygarth to Samuel Horsley15 February 1774
L&P/5/197Paper, 'Consideration of difficulties in the Newtonian theory of light' by Samuel Horsley13 June 1770
L&P/5/112Paper, 'Of the late transit of Venus' by Samuel Horsley1769
L&P/6/23Letter, 'Of the Gillaroo trout' from Daines Barrington to Samuel Horsley23 December 1773
L&P/5/260Paper, 'Problems of a crust of spherical particles covering a surface' by Samuel Horsley1771
L&P/7/204Letter, 'Two medical cases' from John Harrison and J Andrews to Samuel Horsley6 November 1780
L&P/6/14Letter, 'Further proofs of insalubrity or marshy places' from Richard Price to Samuel Horsley21 December 1773
L&P/6/5Letter, 'Population in Manchester and adjacent places' from Thomas Percival to Samuel Horsley15 February 1774
L&P/6/117Paper, 'De polygonis [The polygons]' by Samuel Horsley1775
L&P/5/303Paper, 'Supplement to RR/5/297, being extracts from Nicomahus and Boethius' by Samuel Horsley1772
L&P/6/133Paper, 'Weather in London in 1774' by Samuel Horsley1775
L&P/6/168Letter, 'Experiments in a heated chamber' from Thomas Henry, C Taylor and Thomas Smith to Samuel Horsley22 December 1775
L&P/5/296Letter, 'A criticism of Charles Wildbore's paper' from Samuel Horsley to the Royal Society7 May 1772
L&P/6/31Paper, 'Of de Luc's rules for ascertaining heights by the barometer' by Samuel Horsley18 November 1773
MS/426/663Copy letter from B C [Benjamin Collins] Brodie; President of the Royal Society; to the Earl of Portsmouth [Isaac Newton Wallop]26 February 1859
MS/391/206Bond of Samuel Horsley to the Royal Society12 January 1781 [?]
L&P/5/100Letter, 'Of the computation of the Sun's distance from the earth by the theory of gravity' from Samuel Horsley to Matthew Maty5 May 1769
L&P/4/407Paper, 'The height of the Sun's atmosphere calculated from the height of the Sun's spots' by Samuel Horsley1767
L&P/6/33Paper, 'Calculation of heights by the barometer' by Samuel Horsley1773
L&P/6/257Paper, 'Report on the graduation of thermometers' by the Royal Society Commitee1777
EC/1767/08Horsley, Samuel: certificate of election to the Royal Society
P/0286Portrait of Horsley, Samuel
L&P/6/244Letter, 'Of the wind required to move the heavier kind of wind machine' from John Stedman to Samuel Horsley27 March 1777
L&P/7/57Letter, 'A method of extending Cardan's rule to solving the 'irreducible case' from Francis Maseres to Samuel Horsley27 May 1778
MC/16/15Letter from John Pinches, 27 Oxenden Street, London, to John Evans22 February 1893
MC/16Volume 16 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1893-1896
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