Authorised form of nameEvelyn; John (1620 - 1706); antiquary, diarist and gardener
Dates1620 - 1706
Dates and placesBirth:
Wotton, Surrey, England, or London [DNB] (31 October 1620)
14 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, England, United Kingdom (27 February 1706)
Chancel of Wotton church, Surrey
Research Field:
Arboriculture, horticulture
Southover Free School, Lewes, Sussex; Middle Temple (admitted 1636); Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1637); DCL (1669)
Travelled in Holland (1641); joined the King's Army briefly (1642); travelled in France, Italy, where he met Henry Howard (FRS 1666) and Robert Bruce (FRS 1663) and travelled for a year with Thomas Henshaw (FRS 1663), and Switzerland (1643-1647) and lived in France (1649-1652), where he met Charles II (FRS 1665) and James II (FRS 1665); returned to England (1652); Commissioner for the sick and wounded and prisoners of the Dutch War (1664); Member of the Council for Foreign Plantations (1671); acquired the Arundel Marbles for the University of Oxford and the Arundel Library for the Royal Society, both from Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk (1667); Commissioner of the Privy Seal (1685-1687); Treasurer to Greenwich Hospital (1695-1703)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
Proposed 26 December 1660
Sec 1672-1673; Council 1662, 1700, 1702
RelationshipsSon of Richard Evelyn of Wotton, Surrey, and his wife Eleanor, daughter of John Standsfield; married Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Browne, English Ambassador in Paris; cousin of Sir Samuel Tuke (FRS 1663); grandfather of Sir John Evelyn (FRS 1723)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB; Foster
W H G Armytage, 'The Royal Society and the Apothecaries' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 22-37
Sir Anthony Wagner, 'The Royal Society's Coat of Arms' in NR 1962 vol 17 pp 9-14
G H Turnbull, 'Samuel Hartlib's Influence on the Early History of the Royal Society' in NR 1953 vol 10 pp 101-130
E S de Beer, 'John Evelyn, FRS (1620-1706)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 231-238, plate
C S S, 'The Society's Library' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 21-27
Michael Hunter, 'The Social Bias and Changing Fortunes of an Early Scientific Institution: An Analysis of the Membership of the Royal Society, 1660-1685' in NR 1976-7 vol 31 pp 9-114
Peter Brimblecombe, 'Interest in Air Pollution Among Early Fellows of the Royal Society' in NR 1977-8 vol 32 pp 123-129
Stephen Pasmore, 'Thomas Henshaw, FRS (1618-1700)' in NR 1981-82 vol 36 pp 177-188, plate
Charles A Rivington, 'Early Printers to the Royal Society 1663-1708' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 1-27
Kathleen H Ochs, 'The Royal Society of London's History of Trades Programme: An Early Episode in Applied Science' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 129-158
Marjorie Grice-Hutchinson, 'Some Spanish Contributions to the Early Activities of the Royal Society of London' in NR 1988 vol 42 pp 123-132
Marie Boas Hall, 'Of Oak and Smoke, inter alia', review of The Writings of John Evelyn, ed. Guy de la Bedoyere, in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 137-138, plate
R Lewis, 'The publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp133-146
N J W Thrower, 'Samuel Pepys FRS (1633-1733) and The Royal Society' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 3-13
Sir Alan Cook FRS, 'Continental connections' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 267-268
J H Appleby, 'The founding of St Petersburg in the context of the Royal Society's relationship with Russia' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 273-284
A Cook, 'Rome and the Royal Society, 1660-1740' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 3-19
J Gribbin, 'The Fellowship', 2005, pp180-182
Royal Society codeNA8217
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/L5/114William London, dated at Barbados, to John Evelyn26 December 1680
EL/E/6John Evelyn, dated at Wotton, to Richard Waller13 March 1698
DM/5/63Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture June-September 1664
EL/B1/25John Beale to John Evelyn14 March 1662
RBC/1/33'An Exact Account of the making of Marbled Paper Brought in by Mr Evelyn'1661
EL/B1/27John Beale to John Evelyn16 April 1663
EL/B1/76John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to John Evelyn in Sayes Court in Depford, Surrey27 August 1677
EL/B1/30John Beale to John Evelyn2 January 1663
EL/B1/26John Beale to John Evelyn6 April 1663
EL/B1/34John Beale to John Evelyn12 March 1663
EL/B1/19Extract from a letter from John Beale to John Evelyn19 January 1663
EL/B1/74John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to John Evelyn at Sayes Court in Depford, Surrey22 August 1677
EL/B1/28Continuation of a letter from John Beale to John Evelyn20 April 1663
EL/E/3John Evelyn, dated at Sayes Court, to Henry Oldenburg25 February 1670
EL/E/1John Evelyn, dated at Sayes Court, to Dr Wilkins29 January 1661
EL/E/2Copy of a letter from John Evelyn to Dr Wilkins1660
EL/E/5John Evelyn, dated at Wotton, to Richard Waller 7 May 1694
EL/B1/29John Beale to John Evelyn25 April 1663
EL/T/56Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Evelyn15 February 1699
EL/B1/31John Beale to John Evelyn2 January 1663
EL/B1/77John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to John Evelyn in Sayes Court in Depford, Surrey1 September 1677
EL/E/4Letter from John Evelyn, dated at Sayes Court23 September 1681
EL/T/58Ralph Thoresby, dated at Leeds, to John Evelyn24 June 1699
RBO/2ii/4'For zoophytal or Animal Engraffings or inoculations, this Accompt I received from a friend of mine in the country Given in by Mr Evelyn'10 September 1662
IM/001332Evelyn, Johnnd
MM/15/68Letter from WF Tiffin to Royal Society27 August 1883
RBC/2/66'Panificium or The severall manners of making Bread in France etc where (by generall consent) the best bread in the World is eaten' by John Evelynnd
RBC/1/12An Exact Relation of the Pico Tenarife taken from Mr Clappham 29 June 1661
RBO/3/27'Panificium or The several manners of Making Bread in France etc (Where by general consent) the best Bread in the World is eaten' by John Evelynnd
RBO/5/1'A Philosophical Discourse of Earth relating to the Culture and Improvement of it for Vegetation and the Propagation of Plants etc' by John Evelyn1675
RBO/2i/4'For Zoophytall or Animall Engraffings or Inoculations. An Account received by Mr Evelyn from a friend of his'10 September 1662
CLP/10i/2Paper, 'Observations on the humble and sensible plants in Mr Chiffin's garden in St James his parke' by Dr Clarke9 August 1661
DM/5/74A'Recommended to Mr Evelyn'c.1666
IM/005727Evelyn, Johnnd
MM/23/3Order from John Evelyn to [Clayton and Morris]1664
MS/390/32Bond of John Evelyn to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1674
IM/001330Evelyn, Johnnd
NLB/60/447Copy letter from [Alfred Hastings] White, Assistant Librarian of the Royal Society; to Sir James Piggot; 14 Old Square, London Inn, W.C.7 February 1921
CLP/22i/45Paper, Account of the book 'Numismata, a discourse of medals ancient and modern' by [John] Evelyn[1698]
CLP/3i/4Paper, 'Concerning marble paper' in a letter from John Evelyn to Robert Moray1661
CLP/3i/19Paper, 'Panificium, or the several manners of making bread' by John Evelyn15 February 1664
CLP/2/22Paper, 'Of chalcography on humble motion' by John Beale[c17th Century]
CLP/3i/1Paper, 'The history of arts, Illiberal and mechanick' by John Evelyn1660
CLP/3i/4/1Paper, 'Concerning marble paper' in a letter from John Evelyn to Robert Moray1661
CLP/24/83List, Recipies on 'Dying Straw' transcribed by Robert Hooke28 April 1670
RBO/7/31Account of Mr Eadsberg's Mill on Mr Evelyn's ground at Deptfordnd
P/0038Portrait of Evelyn, John
EL/B1/75John Beale, dated at Yeovil, Somerset, to John Evelyn in Sayes Court in Depford, Surrey25 August 1677
CLP/3i/2Paper, 'The construction of the rowling press and manner how to worke off the plates' by John Evelyn1662
DM/5/101A list of benefactors to the Museum, to the value of £5 or upwards at one time c.1737
IM/003041Evelyn, John and Mayow, Johnnd
CLP/17/1Classification scheme for a library by John Evelyn22 May 1661
MS/366/1/3The Sembrador: or a new Invention for the more equall sowing of Wheate, and other Graines; by which a greate quantity of Corne is Saved, and an imense qyantitiy and Increase yearly gained [by Don Joseph Lucatello]. 3 March 1669/1670
RBO/1/30'An Exact Account of the Making of Marbled Paper Brought in by Mr Evelyn'nd
CLP/3i/4/2Drawing, method of making marbled paper in a letter from John Evelyn to Robert Moray1661
DM/5/64Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture (endorsed as 'Transactions of the Georgicall Committee')October 1664-February 1664/5
NLB/61/407Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to S. B. Gaythorpe Esquire; 3 Prospect Road, Barrow-in-Furness2 July 1921
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