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Authorised form of nameRycaut; Sir; Paul (? 1628 - 1700); diplomat and writer
Other forms of nameRicaut, Sir Paul
Ricant, Sir Paul
Rycant, Sir Paul
Other forms of surnameRicaut
Dates? 1628 - 1700
NationalityBritish
Place of birthThe Friary, his father's seat at Aylesford, Kent, England, Europe
Date of birth1628 or 1629
Date of death16 November 1700
Dates and placesBurial:
South chancel of Aylesford church, Kent, England, Europe
OccupationDiplomat
ActivityEducation:
Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1650); Gray's Inn (admitted 1652)
Career:
Secretary in the Turkish Embassy of Heneage Finch, Earl of Winchilsea (1661); Consul of the Levant company at Smyrna [0zmir] (1667-1679); Secretary to the Earl of Clarendon (1685); Privy Councillor (1685); Judge of the Admiralty in Ireland (1685); Resident at Hamburg and the Hanse towns, Germany (1689-1700)
Honours:
Kt 1685
Memberships:
Dublin Philosophical Society
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election12/12/1666
ProposerHenry Heathcote
Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk
Other Royal Society activityHad a letter read and published in the 'Philosophical Transactions' on natural history and zoological matters (1699)
RelationshipsParents: Sir Peter Rycaut and Mary Vercolad
Published worksRCN: R61721
General contextRycault published multiple works on the Ottoman Empire and its culture, religion, and history. His diplomatic and linguistic skill afforded him his appointment as resident in Hamburg. He also translated 'The Critick' by Balthazar Gracian from Spanish. Reportedly, Rycault tried to introduce down-filled duvets to England but remained unsuccessful for over a century.
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SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Venn; Hunter
References:
K Theodore Hoppen, 'The Royal Society and Ireland. II' in NR 1965 vol 20 pp 78-99
Notes:
Hunter gives birth date as 1629.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/132112
Royal Society codeNA8384
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EL/R1/20Paul Rycaut, dated at Deale, to Henry Oldenburg16 February 1667
EL/R1/21Paul Rycaut, dated at Smyrna, to Henry Oldenburg23 November 1667
IM/003960Rycaut, Sir Paulnd
P/0113Portrait of Rycaut, Sir Paul1691
IM/003959Rycaut, Sir Paulnd
EL/R1/52Paul Rycaut, dated at Thorne, to Mr Ellis30 December 1698
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