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Authorised form of nameAubrey; John (1626 - 1697); Antiquary
Other forms of nameAwbrey, John
SurnameAubrey
ForenamesJohn
Dates1626 - 1697
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Easton Pierse, or Percy, Wiltshire, England (12 March 1626)
Death:
Oxford (07 June 1697)
Burial Place:
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Oxford (0 7 June 1697)
ActivityProfession:
Antiquary
Education:
Trinity College, Oxford (matriculated 1641); Middle Temple (admitted 1646)
Career:
Discovered the megaliths at Avebury, Wiltshire (1649); inherited estates in Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Wales from his father (1652) but dissipated them through law suits, selling the last of his property (1670) and his library (1677); formed topographical collections on Surrey and North Wiltshire; assisted Anthony à Wood with his 'Antiquities of Oxford'; wrote 'Brief Lives' of his notable contemporaries
Royal Society activityMembership:
Original Fellow
Election Date:
7/01/1663
Proposers:
Dr Charelton (24 December 1662)
Admitted 21 January 1663
Appears on the list of those to be 'received, admitted, and ordered to be registered fellows of the Royal Society' on 20/05/1663 (Birch p239)
RelationshipsSon of Richard Aubrey
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Foster
References:
S Mendyk, 'Robert Plot: Britain's "Genial Father of County Natural Histories"' in NR 1984-85 vol 39 pp 159-177
J Buchanan-Brown, 'The Books Presented to the Royal Society by John Aubrey, FRS' in NR 1973-4 vol 28 pp 167-193
Robert G Frank, Jr, 'John Aubrey, FRS, John Lydall, and Science at Commonwealth Oxford' in NR 1972-3 vol 27 pp 193-217, plate
R Lewis, 'The publication of John Wilkins's Essay (1668): some contextual considerations' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp133-146
P Breeze, 'The ancestry of Robert Hooke: John Hooke of Wroxhall' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 269-271
L Jardine, 'The 2003 Wilkins Lecture: Dr Wilkins's boy wonders' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 107-129
Royal Society codeNA8372
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/A/45Letter, from John Aubrey to Edmond Halley, dated at London31 August 1695
IM/004655Aubrey, Johnnd
IM/000157Aubrey, Johnnd
DM/5/80'Recommended to Mr Aubrey'c.1660s
MS/92Manuscript copy of 'Memoires of Naturall Remarques in the county of Wilts, to which are annexed observables of the same kind in the county of Surrey and Flynt-shire' by John Aubrey transcribed by B G Cramer6 June 16851690-1691
CLP/7i/28Paper, observations of Surrey, Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, London, Hampshire, Sussex by John Aubrey7 April 1668
CLP/4i/34/2Drawing, device for measuring wind by William Brouncker5 February 1673
CLP/4i/34/1Paper, 'Observations on winds' by John Aubrey 14 December 16715 February 1673
CLP/4i/34Paper, 'Observations on winds' by John Aubrey 14 December 16715 February 1673
CLP/8i/24/1Drawing, nubecula or cloudy stars near the constellation Hydra produced by Mr Aubrey1668
EL/P1/39Francis Potter to John Aubrey22 February 1663
CLP/8i/24Paper, figure of nubecula or cloudy stars near the constellation Hydra produced by Mr Aubrey1668
DM/5/64Minutes of meetings of the Committee for Agriculture (endorsed as 'Transactions of the Georgicall Committee')October 1664-February 1664/5
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