Authorised form of nameFothergill; John (1712 - 1780); physician
Dates1712 - 1780
Place of birthCarr End, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England
Date of birth08 March 1712
Place of deathHarper Street, London
Date of death26 December 1780
Dates and placesBurial:
Society of Friends' cemetery, Winchmore Hill
Sedbergh School, Yorkshire; studied medicine in Edinburgh and Leyden
Apprenticed to Benjamin Bartlett, apothecary in Bradford (1718-1736); set up practice in London (1740); helped to found the Ackworth School, and left itan endowment in perpetuity in his Will; wrote 'Some account of the late Peter Collinson' (1770); with Benjamin Franklin and David Barclay, he tried to avert an American rebellion
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election23/06/1763
RelationshipsSon of John Fothergill and his wife Margaret (nee Hough)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DQB
Geoffrey Cantor, 'Quakers in the Royal Society, 1660-1750' in NR 1997 vol 51 pp 175-193
Ernest Heberden, 'Correspondence of William Heberden, FRS With the Reverend Stephen Hales and Sir Charles Blagden' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 179-189
John H Appleby, 'Ginseng and the Royal Society' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 121-145
Averil Lysaght, 'A Letter From Sydney Parkinson in Batavia to Dr John Fothergill' in NR 1981-82 vol 36 pp 79-81
There are 2 possible locations for the Quaker cemetery at Winchmore Hill in which he was buried: Buckinghamshire and London. Find out which is the correct one.
Royal Society codeNA8221
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
L&P/1/271/1Letter, 'On the fresh-water polype' from Abraham Trembley to John Fothergill31 March 1744
L&P/1/443Letter, 'De Diaphragmate fisso [The split diaphragm]' from John Fothergill to Richard Mead [English translation]1745
L&P/6/191Letter, 'An account of the electrical researches and the electrical machine of the late Gowin Knight' from John Fothergill to the Royal Society1776
L&P/6/127Letter, 'Experiments in a heated room' from Matthew Dobson to John Fothergill25 April 1775
L&P/3/317/1Letter, 'Of a fossil alligator at Whitby' from William Chapman to John Fothergill20 March 1758
L&P/6/64Letter, 'Of Gowin Knight's magnetical magazine' from John Fothergill to the Royal Society23 June 1774
EC/1763/09Fothergill, John: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/1/280Letter, 'On the Manna persicum explanta. Alhagi maurorum' from John Fothergill to Peter Collinson25 February 1744
IM/001518Fothergill, Johnnd
L&P/1/442Letter, 'De Diaphragmate fisso [The split diaphragm]' from John Fothergill to Richard Mead1745
L&P/1/359Paper, 'On a method of recovering persons apparently dead' by John Fothergill [draft]1745
L&P/1/358Paper, 'On a method of recovering persons apparently dead' by John Fothergill1745
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