Authorised form of nameStukeley; William (1687 - 1765)
Other forms of surnameStukely
Dates1687 - 1765
Place of birthHolbeach, Lincolnshire, England
Date of birth07 November 1687
Place of deathQueen Square, London
Date of death03 March 1765
Dates and placesBurial:
East Ham churchyard, Essex
OccupationPhysician; Clergyman, Church of England; Author, medical and antiquarian
Research fieldAntiquities
Free school at Holbeach; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; MB (1708), MD (1719); studied anatomy under Mr Rolfe, a surgeon in Chancery Lane, and medicine under Richard Mead (FRS 1703) at St Thomas's Hospital
Practised in Boston, Lincolnshire (1710-1717), in London (1717-1726) and in Grantham, Lincolnshire (1726-1730), where his patients included members of the local aristocracy; ordained deacon and priest (1729); Vicar of All Saints, Stamford (1729-1747); Rector of St George-the-Martyr, Queen Square, London (1747-1765); friend of Sir Isaac Newton (FRS 1672); died of palsy; his collections of Roman coins, fossils, pictures and antiquities were sold after his death
FSA (1718); FRCP (1720); Freemason
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election13/03/1718
ProposerEdmond Halley
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council: 1719-1720, 1725
RelationshipsSon of John Stukeley, Attorney, of Holbeach and his wife, Frances, daughter of Robert or John Bullen of Weston, Lincolnshire; married, first, Frances, daughter of Robert Williamson of Allington, Lincolnshire, second, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Gale, Dean of York (FRS 1677); brother-in-law of Roger Gale (FRS 1717)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Hunter; Foster; Venn; Munk's Roll; Hirsch
Milo Keynes, 'The Personality of Isaac Newton' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 1-56
Kevin J Fraser, 'John Hill and the Royal Society in the Eighteenth Century' in NR 1994 vol 48 pp 43-67
A D C Simpson, 'Newton's Telescope and the Cataloguing of the Royal Society's Repository' in NR 1983-84 vol 38 pp 187-214
Gentleman's Magazine 1765, pp211-2 (Memoir by Patrick Collinson FRS)
M Hesse, 'An eighteenth-century polymath. William Stukeley: science, religion and archaeology in eighteenth century England, by D B Haycock' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 248-249
Royal Society codeNA8327
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
M/217Stukeley, William 1765
RBO/17/15'An account of a pretended Shower of Wheat' in a letter from William Stukeley to Roger Gale1732
EL/H3/122Letter, from P Hardisway to William Stukeley20 June 1723
RBO/18/19'Account of the cure of the Gout by Oils externally apply'd with an hypothesis on the cause of the Distemper conformable to this Practice' by Willilam Stukeley in his letter to Hans Sloane1732
RBO/11/94Account by Dr Stukeley of Frederick Ruysch's book entitled 'Adversariorum Anatomico-Medico-Chirurgicorum Decas' 1723
RBO/15/74'Of the late extraordinary Tides' in a letter from William Stukeley to Cromwell Mortimer1731
IM/004441Stukeley, William2001
IM/004442Stukeley, Williamnd
L&P/2/108Letter, 'Of bark in smallpox' from Cornewall Tathwell to William Stukeley26 February 1751
IM/003308Newton, Sir Isaacnd
CLP/8ii/35Paper, 'Eclipses of Jupiter's second, third and fourth satellites for 1731' by Edmund Weaver8 March 1732
L&P/2/435Paper, 'An account of Johann Friedrich Weidler's book De ortu astronomiae' by William Stukeley21 February 1753
EL/S2/64Letter, from William Stukeley to [William] Rutty, dated at Grantham5 March 1728
L&P/2/448Paper, 'Of the eclipse predicted by Thales' by William Stukeley16 March 1753
L&P/2/13Paper, 'Of a stone axe' by William Stukeley21 December 1749
L&P/2/309Paper, 'On corals' by William Stukeley1752
L&P/3/292Note, 'A stone dated 1689 'Rochabby'' by William Stukeley1758
L&P/4/79Paper, 'Of zoophytes' by William Stukeley19 May 1761
L&P/2/25Letter, 'Of a stone axe' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society25 January 1750
L&P/2/138Letter, 'Of Dr Hardisway raising the 'Thea' tree in his Wimbledon garden from seed found in tea-canisters (proved not to be the tea-shrub)' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society17 May 1750
L&P/4/109Paper, 'Of a stone axe' by William Stukeley19 April 1762
L&P/2/502Paper, 'Of a coin of Carausius' by William Stukeley1754
L&P/2/296Paper, 'Of corals and corallines' by William Stukeley13 May 1752
L&P/3/167/2Plate, 'Section of a water-wheel for raising water, by a small current' by William Stukeley1756
L&P/2/128Letter, 'Of a stone axe found at Womersley near Doncaster' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society10 May 1750
L&P/2/194Letter, 'Of a medical case' from Cromwell Tathwell to William Stukeley19 March 1751
L&P/2/498Letter, 'Of a reference to electricity in Hirtious history of Caesar's African war' from William Stukeley to Thomas Birch21 March 1754
L&P/2/189/2Plate, 'An aurora borealis over Highgate at 11 on 21 March 1750-1 in the day time' by William Stukeley1750
L&P/2/404Letter, 'Account of Weidler's book 'De ortu astronomie'' from William Stukeley to George Parker18 January 1753
L&P/2/378Letter, 'Inscriptions from Bardney Abbey, Lincs' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society11 July 1753
L&P/3/211Letter, 'Of the Lisbon earthquake' from William Elsden to William Stukeley12 November 1756
L&P/3/167/1Letter, 'Of a turbinate water-wheel' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society10 May 1756
L&P/2/418Letter, 'Of a figure found in a quarry in Hagley Park, Worcs' from William Stukeley to the Dean of Exeter1753
L&P/3/88Paper, 'Earthquake at Stamford on Aug 1 1755' by William Stukeley8 December 1755
L&P/3/418Letter, 'On earthquakes' from William Elsdon to William Stukeley10 November 1759
L&P/2/216Paper, 'A short brass 6-pounder fired at Woolwich 300 rounds in 3 hrs 22 mins' by William Stukeley1751
L&P/4/109/1Letter, 'Of a stone axe' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society19 April 1762
L&P/3/145Letter, 'Agitation at waters at Luton' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society31 March 1756
L&P/2/189Paper, 'Of an aurora borealis' by William Stukeley21 March 1751
L&P/3/167Paper, 'Of a turbinate water-wheel' by William Stukeley10 May 1756
L&P/3/377Letter, 'On the comet of 1682' from Barker to William Stukeley20 April 1759
L&P/4/33Letter, 'Of a remarkable halo' from Thomas Barker to William Stukeley3 March 1760
L&P/3/260Paper, 'On corals' by William Stukeley28 April 1757
L&P/3/260/1Letter, 'On corals' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society28 April 1757
L&P/4/77Paper, 'On corals' by William Stukeley7 May 1761
L&P/4/217Paper, 'Eclipse of the Sun of April 1 1764' by The Spalding Society, communicated by William Stukeley1764
L&P/4/69Letter, 'On corals' from William Stukeley to Henry Baker15 April 1761
L&P/2/301Paper, 'On corals, coralline' by William Stukeley28 May 1752
L&P/3/172Paper, 'Of earthquakes' by William Stukeley20 May 1756
CLP/22ii/3Paper, Observations of Mr [Frederick] Ruysch's 'Adversariorum Anatomico-Medico Chirurgicorum Decas secunda' [Of opposition to surgical anatomical healing, second decade] by William Stukeley28 October 1720
CLP/22ii/2Paper, Account of Dr Hunauld's 'Entretiens sur la rage et ses remedes, ou par occasion on propose un nouveau systeme de la sanguinification...' [Interviews on rabies and its remedies] by Dr [William] Stukeley12 November 1719
CLP/22ii/82Paper, 'Account of the elegiac version of the psalms by Arthur Johnston' by William Stukeley18th century
RBO/14/53'A Disquisition concerning the Place of Battle between the Danes and our Saxon Ancestors in Kesteven, Lincolnshire AD 870' communicated in a letter to William Rutty from William Stukeley1729
EL/S2/65Letter, from William Stukeley to William Rutty, dated at Grantham3 April 1729
L&P/3/368Paper, 'Of a steady mounting for telescopes at sea, invented by Jeremiah Sisson and complaints of recent rejection of papers by the Royal Society' by William Stukeley22 March 1759
L&P/2/65Letter, 'Of the earthquake of March 8' from William Stukeley to Martin Folkes13 March 1750
L&P/3/414Letter, 'Of mutations of stars' from Thomas Barker to William Stukeley16 November 1759
L&P/2/76Letter, 'On the causes of earthquakes' from William Stukeley to Martin Folkes26 March 1750
L&P/1/56Plate, diagram of the phenomenon from Canterbury after a drawing by Mrs Tennison, copied by William Stukeley10 December 1741
L&P/2/189/1Paper, 'Of an aurora borealis' by William Stukeley21 March 1751
L&P/3/368/1Letter, 'Of a steady mounting for telescopes at sea, invented by Jeremiah Sisson and complaints of recent rejection of papers by the Royal Society' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society22 March 1759
L&P/2/195Letter, 'Effects of the electrical aura on a dumb man' from William Stukeley to the Royal Society1 May 1751
CLP/5/28Paper, regarding weather observations for November 1722 to January 1725 by Dr Stukeley1725
EL/S2/66Letter, from William Stukeley to Roger Gale, dated at Stamford5 May 1733
RBO/15/21'Some Remarks on the Time of Year on which the Deluge happen'd occasion'd by a hollow Stone whose Cavity is fill'd with bodies resembling hazlenuts petrified' by William Stukeley1730
L&P/3/281Letter, 'A shock of an earthquake at Fort Marlborough on the island of Sumatra on 3 October 1757' from Perry to William Stukeley22 December 1757
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