Authorised form of namePlot; Robert (1640 - 1696)
Other forms of namePlott, Robert
Dates1640 - 1696
Dates and placesBirth:
Borden, Kent, England (before 13 December 1640)
Sutton Barne, Borden, Kent (30 April 1696)
Borden church, Kent
Research Field:
Natural history, archaeology, chemistry
Free School at Wye, Kent; Magdalen Hall, Oxford; BA (1661), MA (1664), BCL (1671), DCL (1671)
First Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (1683-1690); Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University (1683); Secretary to the Earl Marshal, Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk (FRS 1672) (1687); Registrar of the Court of Chivalry (1687); Historiographer Royal (1688); Mowbray Herald Extraordinary (1694); died of the stone
Oxford Philosophical Society
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Sec 1682-1684; Council 1680, 1682-1683, 1687-1688, 1692, 1694
Editor Phil. Trans.: 1682-1684 (along with Francis Aston)
RelationshipsSon of Robert Plot of Sutton Baron or Barne and his wife, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Platenden or Pedenden of Borden; married Rebecca, widow of Henry Burton and daughter of Ralph Sherwood, Grocer, of London
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Hunter; Foster; Gunther
S Mendyk, 'Robert Plot: Britain's "Genial Father of County Natural Histories"' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 159-177
C H Josten, 'Elias Ashmole, FRS (1617-1692)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 221-230
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7670
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003607Plot, Robert1991
RBO/8/2'A Catalogue of Some of the Areana and Desiderata in Chymistry' by Dr Plot1698
EL/P1/95Robert Plot, dated at London, to Robert Southwell24 October 1694
EL/G1/40Thomas Graile, dated at Lassington, to Robert Plot, First Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum1685
EL/H3/72Robert Huntington, dated at Trinity College, Dublin, to Robert Plot18 December 1683
RBO/6/18'Discourse concerning Sepulchrall Lamps' by Robert Plotnd
RBO/6/12'A Paper of Queries concerning the splitting of Trees by the Last Frost' sent by Robert Plot to Viscount Weymouth1684
RBO/8/7'A Paper concerning a Monstrous Cucumber' by Dr Plotnd
RBO/7/71'Some observations concerning the substance commonly called black lead' by Robert Plotnd
IM/001264Plot, RobertMay 2003
RBO/8/16'A Catalogue of Electricall Bodies' by the late Dr Robert Plotnd
CLP/11i/27Paper, 'Of some calcinations' by Mr Ballard[1684]
RBO/8/6Details of an inventory of livestock and consumables (with prices) which belonged to Matilda of Hakelinton taken from a book in the Ashmolean nd
CLP/9i/39Paper, 'A catalogue of electrical bodies by the late Dr Rob [Robert] Plott [Plot]'c1683
CLP/10i/25Paper, details of a large cucumber grown in Dr William Jacob's garden in Canterbury by Dr [Robert] Plot1686
IM/003606Plot, Robert1994
LBO/8/121Copy letter communicated by Robert Plot from an unknown hand31 January 1682
MS/390/73Bond of Robert Plot to the Treasurer of the Royal Society3 January 1682
CLP/22i/12Paper, Proposal of a natural history of England based on Pliny's 'Naturalis Historia' by Robert Plot17th century
CLP/22i/32Paper, 'The Natural History of Staffordshire' by Robert Plot[1687]
CLP/7i/37Paper, discourse on the most seasonable time to fell timber using the advice of Samuel Pepys by Robert Plot[c1687]
CLP/19/94Paper, 'Enquiries to be propounded to the most Ingenious of each County in my Travels through England and Wales, in order to their History of Nature and Arts' by R[obert] P[lot]c.17th century
IM/003605Plot, Robertnd
CLP/19/93Paper, questions to be asked to 'the most ingenious of each county in my travels through England' by R[obert] P[lot]c.17th century
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