Authorised form of nameByrd; William (1674 - 1744)
Dates1674 - 1744
Dates and placesBirth:
Virginia (28 March 1674)
Westover, Virginia (26 August 1744)
Educated in England at Christopher Glasscock's School (1684); Middle Temple (admitted 1692)
Travelled to Holland (1690); returned to Virginia (1692); Member of the House of Burgesses (1692); returned to England; called to the Bar (1695); Agent for Virginia in London (1698); returned to Virginia on the death of his father (1704); Receiver General of Virginia (1706); Member of the Council of State (1709); one of the Commissioners to run the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina (1728); surveyed the bounds of the Northern Neck (1736); President of the Council (1743)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
1697, 1698-1700, 1702
RelationshipsSon of William Byrd of Virginia and his wife, Mary, daughter of Warham Horsmanden, a Royalist refugee.
Married: Lucy, daughter of General Daniel Parke; 2) Maria, daughter of Thomas Taylor of Kensington
Bulloch's Roll; DAB; Hunter; MT
John H Appleby, 'Ginseng and the Royal Society' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 121-145
MT gives father as William Byrd of the parish of St Katherine Cree, London
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA8157
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
CLP/14i/44Paper, 'An account of a negro-boy [sic] that is spotted in severall places of his body with white spotts' by Wm [William] Byrd[1697]
RBO/7/67Account of a black boy who developed white spots on his skin by William Byrdnd
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