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Authorised form of nameWyche; Sir; Peter (1628 - 1699); diplomat and translator
Dates1628 - 1699
NationalityBritish
Place of birthLondon, England, Europe
Date of birth1628
Dates and placesBaptism:
St Dunstan-in-the-East, London, England, Europe (9 February 1628)
OccupationDiplomat
ActivityEducation:
Exeter Hall, Oxford (matriculated 1643); Queens' College, Cambridge (BA 1645); Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA 1648); Incorporated at Oxford (1663); Inner Temple (admitted 1649)
Career:
Travelled abroad (1650s); Paymaster-General to English forces in Portugal (1660-1662); published translation from Portugese of 'The Life of Dom John de Castro, Fourth Viceroy of India' (1663); Volunteer aboard fleet (1666); Envoy-extraordinary to Russia (1669); Secretary to the Earl of Peterborough's embassy to France (1673); Resident Ambassador at Hamburg (1678-1682); Special embassy to Denmark (1679); published 'The World Geographically Describ'd in Fifty-Two Copper Plates (1687)
Honours:
Kt 1660
Membership categoryOriginal Fellow
Date of election20/05/1663
ProposerDaniel Colwall
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council (1663-1664; 1671)
Committee and panels:
Mechanical Commitee (1664) ; Committee for Correspondence (1664) ; Chairman of the Committee appointed to consider the improvement of the English tongue (1664)
Other Royal Society activityAdmitted 2 April 1662; While in Portugal, acted as a correspondent to the Society, in particular regarding astronomical observations (1667); Through the Society, published his translation of 'A Short Relation of the River Nile' from Portuguese (1668)
RelationshipsParents: Sir Peter Wyche and Jane Meredith
Siblings: Sir Cyril Wyche (FRS 1663)
Married: Isabella Bolles
Children: approx. seven overall, incl. John Wyche; Bernard Wyche; Peter Wyche; George Wyche
Published worksRCN: 49947
General contextWyche was a successful diplomat and during his posts in Europe, he was actively involved in foreign affairs and conflict of the time. While at Hamburg, there was a threat to Hamburg's sovereignity from Denmark and Celle throughout which Wyche tried to maintain the English trading interests. He and Gabriel Sylbius (James II's ambassador to Denmark) are partially credited with negotiating a settlement after the Danish Siege of Hamburg in 1686. During the Glorious Revolution of 1688, he supported King James, which subsequently resulted in him giving up his diplomatic duties and living out the rest of his life in obscurity.
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SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB (Father's entry); Venn; Foster; ODNB
Notes: The election date is Wyche's 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 2 April 1662.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/100337396
Royal Society codeNA7339
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/1/50Power of Attorney of Sir Peter Wyche8 November 1678
RBO/4/30Observations of Moscovy by Sir Peter Wyche1670
MS/390/29Bond of Sir Peter Wyche to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1674
CLP/8i/19/2Table, astronomical observations by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/8i/19/5Table, astronomical observations by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/8i/19/4Table, astronomical observations by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/8i/19/3Table, astronomical observations by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/8i/19/6Table, astronomical observations by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/10iii/15Paper, regarding preservation of grain in Moscovy by Peter Wyche[1670]
DM/5/12ANote on an order of the Council relating to the payment of arrears at Michaelmas 16735 January 1673
EL/I1/151Letter, from Henry Jacob to Peter Wyche, dated at Lisbon14 February 1667
CLP/8i/19/1Paper, 'Calculatio eclipsis lunae quae contigit anno 1664 6 Augusti' [Calculating the eclipse of the moon of 6 August 1664] by Sir Peter Wyche1667
CLP/8i/19Paper, 'Calculatio eclipsis lunae quae contigit anno 1664 6 Augusti' [Calculating the eclipse of the moon of 6 August 1664] by Sir Peter Wyche1667
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