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Authorised form of nameHyacinthe; Paul de Saint (1684 - 1746)
Other forms of namePaul de
Other forms of surnameSaint Hyacinthe
Cordonnier
Chevalier de Themiseul
Dates1684 - 1746
NationalityFrench
Place of birthOrleans, France
Date of birth24 September 1684
Place of deathGenecken, near Breda, Holland
Date of death1746
OccupationAuthor
ActivityEducation:
Oratory school, Troyes
Career:
Served as a cavalry officer; taken prisoner at the Battle of Helmstett and taken to Holland (1704); paroled, he went to Sweden in the hope of serving in the army of Charles XII but was unsuccessful and returned to Holland; had an affair with the wife of the Spanish Ambassador at the Hague and returned to Troyes when her husband discovered it; seduced a girl to whom he was giving Italian lessons and was forced to flee back to Holland; with Willem Jakob 's Gravesande and others founded the 'Journal litteraire de La Haye' (1713); wrote 'Chef d'oeuvre d'un inconnu', a witty criticism of pedantry which was a great popular success; he twice returned to Paris but was forced to depart because he was still wanted on a charge of rape; eloped with his future wife to London, where he received a pension as a Protestant refugee (1722); returned to Paris (1722) but, finding it boring, settled at Genecken
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election24/10/1728
ProposerPaul Buissiere
John Gaspar Scheuchzer
Peter Desmaizeaux
RelationshipsSon of J J Cordonnier, Groom of the Chamber to Monsieur, brother of Louis XIV; married - de Marconay, daughter of a Huguenot refugee from Poitou
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; Biog Univ
Royal Society codeNA7004
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CLP/10ii/14/2Plate, oxyoides malabarica sensitiva, oxyoids javanica sensitiva, and fruit of the musa by unknown artist[1730]
CLP/10ii/14/1Manuscript, 'Memoirs communicated by Monsr Garcin to Monsr St Hyacinthe FRS containing a description of a new family of plants called oxyoides; some remarks on the family of plants called musa; and a description of the hirudinella marina, or sea leach' by Laurent Garcin[1730]
CLP/10ii/12Paper, 'Description d'un nouveau genre de plante que je nomme oxyoïdes' by Monsieur [Laurent] Garcin5 January 1729
CLP/10ii/14Paper, 'Memoirs communicated by Monsr Garcin to Monsr St Hyacinthe FRS containing a description of a new family of plants called oxyoides; some remarks on the family of plants called musa; and a description of the hirudinella marina, or sea leach' by Laurent Garcin[1730]
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