Authorised form of nameClerk; Sir; John (1676 - 1755)
Dates1676 - 1755
Date of birth08 November 1676
Date of death04 October 1755
Practised at the Scottish Bar; MP for Whithorn in the Scottish Parliament (1702-1707), then in the British Parliament; Member of the Commission for the Union of Scotland and England (1707); Judge of the Scottish Court of Exchequer (1708); made a collection of antiquities; friend of Roger Gale (FRS 1717)
FSA (1725)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/10/1729
RelationshipsSon of Sir John Clerk, Bart, of Penicuik and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Henderson of Elvington; succeeded his father as 2nd Bart (1722)
Married: 1) Margaret, daughter of Alexander Stewart, 3rd Earl of Galloway; 2) Janet, daughter of Sir John Inglis of Cramond, Bart; grandfather of Sir George Clerk (FRS 1819); great-grandfather of Henry Clerk (FRS 1848) and of James Clerk Maxwell (FRS 1861)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituary, Gentleman's Magazine (1755), p.476.
Proposed by Roger Gale; James Theobald; Sir Hans Sloane. DNB gives year of birth as 1684.
Royal Society codeNA7073
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CLP/8ii/74Paper, account of observations of the late solar eclipse made at Edinburgh on 18 February 1737 by Sir John Clerk[1737]
CLP/22ii/47Paper, Account of an extract of John Clerk's dissertation 'De Stylis Veterum et diversis Chartarum generibus [Concerning the pen of the ancients and the diverse origins of paper]' by Roger Gale1731
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