Authorised form of nameMusgrave; William (1655 - 1721); physician and antiquary
Dates1655 - 1721
Place of birthNettlecombe, Somerset, England, Europe
Date of birth4 November 1655
Place of deathSt Lawrence parish, Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom, Europe
Date of death16 December 1721
Dates and placesBurial:
Altar tomb in St Leonard's church, outside the city of Exeter (now removed), England, United Kingdom, Europe (23 December 1721)
Research fieldMedicine
Winchester College; New College, Oxford (matriculated 1675; BCL 1682; BMed by decree 1685; DMed 1689); Leyden (admitted 1680)
Practised in Oxford (1685); practised in Exeter (1691- death); buried outside the city of Exeter, because he thought burial in the city was injurious to the health of the living
Oxford Philosophical Society; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (1692)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/03/1684
ProposerFrancis Aston
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Secretary 1684-1685 ; Editor of the 'Philosophical Transactions': 1684-1686 (along with Francis Aston)
Other Royal Society activityAside from editing, contributed many papers to the 'Philosophical Transacions' on a variety of medical topics, including on arthritis (1703);
Frequent correspondent to the Society, including Sir Hans Sloane (FRS 1685) on a variety of topics (e.g. anatomical observations or mineralogy)
RelationshipsParents: Richard Musgrave and Mary Bond
Married: Philippa Speke
Children: William Musgrave (FRS 1722); Philippa Browne (née Musgrave)
Published worksRCN: 56529
RCN: 56528
General contextAside from his interest in medicine, Musgrave wrote about Roman Britain and antiquarian matters, resulting in the publication of three volumes of 'Antiquitates Britanno-Belgicae' (1711-1719). This describes Roman remains found in Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Somerset. As a member of the Oxford Philosophical Society, a gathering of natural philosophers, mathematicians, and physicians started by John Wilkins (FRS 1663), Musgrave was possibly acquainted with figures such as William Petty (FRS 1660) and John Wallis (FRS 1663). Musgrave was buried outside the city walls and believed that burial within the city would be harmful to the living population.
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Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Hunter; Foster; Gunther; ODNB; Munk
DNB refers to Collinson who said that Musgrave was born at Charlton Musgrove in 1657. Index to BR gives burial date as death date, as does Munk.
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7941
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/M1/120Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane1713
EL/M1/119Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane4 September 1713
RBO/7/78Details of a very tall man from Port Leicester in County Meath, Ireland, communicated by William Musgravend
LBO/8/131Copy letter from William Musgrave, New College, to Francis Aston20 February 1682/1683
MS/390/86Bond of William Musgrave to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1684
CLP/4i/44Paper, 'Further experiments about freezing' by Mr Desmasters1684
CLP/6/46/2Drawing, concerning hydraulic instruments by Mr King[1687]
EL/M1/110Letter, from William Musgrave [to the Royal Society]1698
EL/M1/116Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter17 December 1712
CLP/9ii/11aPaper, 'Concerning the magnetism of drills' by Mr Ballard [1698]
CLP/10iii/36List, 'The prices of the best wheat and malt at Oxford upon the market dayes next before Lady Day and Michaelmas for 20 years last past' by Mr [Joshua] Walker[1684]
EL/V/32Letter, from Nathaniel Vincent to William Musgrave7 September 1685
EL/B2/100Letter, from John Baptist Bianchi to William Musgrave1723
EL/M1/113Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter28 December 1699
EL/M1/115Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter10 November 1712
CLP/9ii/11Paper, copy of 'Concerning the magnetism of drills' by Mr Ballard[1698]
EL/A/33Minutes of the Dublin Philosophical Society, sent by St George Ashe, dated at Trinity College Dublin24 November 1685
EL/M1/117Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter2 March 1713
EL/G1/41Letter, from George Garden to William Musgrave, dated at Aberdeen28 January 1686
EL/M1/111Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter4 June 1698
EL/M1/114Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at ExeterMay 1712
EL/M1/118Letter, from William Musgrave to Hans Sloane, dated at Exeter14 May 1713
CLP/12i/53Paper, 'An account of what happened on syringing warm water into the thorax of a bitch' by Wm [William] Musgrave[1690s]
CLP/6/46/1Manuscript, 'Concerning hydraulick engines by Mr King'[1687]
EL/M1/109aLetter, from William Musgrave to Dr Gale, dated at New College31 January 1686
EL/A/32Letter, from St George Ashe to William Musgrave, dated at Trinity College Dublin10 October 1685
EL/A/35Letter, from St George Ashe to William Musgrave, dated at Trinity College Dublin18 March 1686
EL/M1/112Letter, from William Musgrave to Reverend [George] Hickes, dated at Exeter28 April 1699
CLP/16/33Paper, 'An account of some Roman, French and Irish inscriptions and antiquities lately found in Ireland and Scotland by Mr Edward Lluyd [Lhwyd]' by William Musgrave1700
CLP/6/46Paper, 'Concerning hydraulick engines' by [William] King[1687]
RBO/7/90'Some Experiments about freezing by Mr Desmasters Communicated by Dr William Musgrave'nd
RBO/9/32'Account of Some Roman, French and Irish Inscriptions and Antiquities lately found in Ireland and Scotland by Mr Edward Lluyd [Lhwyd]' communicated by William Musgrave to Hans Sloanend
EL/B2/67Letter, from Samuel Bowdich to William Musgrave, dated at Chardstock15 February 1709
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