See also:antiquary, was
See also:born at
See also:Easton Pierse or Percy, near
See also:Wiltshire, on the 12th of
See also:March 1626, his
See also:father being a
See also:gentleman of consider-able
See also:fortune . He was educated at the Malmesbury grammar school under Robert
See also:Latimer, who had numbered
See also:Hobbes among his earlier pupils, and at his schoolmaster's
See also:Aubrey first met the philosopher about whom he was to leave so many curious and interesting details . He entered Trinity
See also:Oxford, in 1642, but his studies were interrupted by the
See also:Civil War . In 1646 he became a student of the
See also:Temple, but was never called to the
See also:bar . He spent much of his
See also:time in the country, and in 1649 he brought into
See also:notice the megalithic remains at Avebury . His father died in 1652, leaving to Aubrey large estates, and with them, unfortunately, complicated
See also:law-suits . Aubrey, however, lived gaily, and used his means to gratify his passion for the
See also:company of celebrities and for every sort of knowledge to be gleaned about them . Anthony a
See also:Wood prophesied that he would one
See also:day break his
See also:neck while
See also:running downstairs after a retreating
See also:guest, in the hope of extracting a
See also:story from him . He took no active
See also:share in the
See also:political troubles of the time, but from his description of a
See also:meeting of the
See also:Club, founded by
See also:James Harrington. the author of Oceana, he appears to have been a theorizing republican . His reminiscences on this subject date from the Restoration, and are probably softened by considerations of expediency . In 1663 he became a member of the Royal Society, and in the next
See also:year he met
See also:Joan Somner, " in an
See also:hour," he tells us . This connexion did not end in
See also:marriage, and a lawsuit with the
See also:lady complicated his already embarrassed affairs .
See also:estate after estate, until in 167o he parted with his last piece of
See also:property, Easton Pierse . From this time he was dependent on the hospitality of his numerous friends . In 1667 he had made the acquaintance of Anthony a Wood at Oxford, and when Wood began to gather materials for his invaluable Athenae Oxonienses, Aubrey offered to collect information for him . From time to time he forwarded memoranda to him, and in 168o he began to promise the " Minutes for Lives," which Wood was to use at his discretion . He
See also:left the task of verification largely to Wood . As a hanger-on in
See also:great houses he had little time for systematic
See also:work, and he wrote the " Lives " in the early
See also:morning while his hosts were sleeping off the effects of the dissipation of the
See also:night before . He constantly leaves blanks for
See also:dates and facts, and many queries . He made no attempt at a
See also:fair copy, and, when fresh in-formation occurred to him, inserted it at
See also:random . He made some distinction between hearsay and authentic information, but had no pretence to accuracy, his retentive memory being the chief authority . The
See also:principal charm of his " Minutes " lies in the amusing details he has to recount about his personages, and in the plainness and truthfulness that he permits himself in
See also:face of established reputations . In 1592 he complained bitterly that Wood had destroyed
See also:forty pages of his MS., probably because of the dangerous freedom of Aubrey's
See also:pen . Wood Was prosecuted eventually for insinuations against the judicial integrity of the
See also:earl of
See also:Clarendon .
One of the two statements called in question was certainly founded, on information provided by Aubrey . This perhaps explains the estrangement between the two antiquaries and the ungratefulaccount that Wood gives of the elder man's character . " He was a shiftless
See also:person, roving and magotie-headed, and sometimes little better than erased . And being exceedingly credulous, would stuff his many letters sent to A . W. with follies and misinformations, which sometimeswould
See also:guide him into the paths of errour."1 In 1673 Aubrey began his " Perambulation " or " Survey " of the
See also:county of Surrey, which was the result of many years' labour in
See also:collecting inscriptions and traditions in the country . He began a "
See also:History of his Native
See also:District of
See also:Northern Wiltshire," but, feeling that he was too old to finish it as he would wish, he made over his material, about 1695, to Thomas Tanner, afterwards
See also:bishop of St
See also:Asaph . In the next year he published his only completed, though certainly not his most valuable work, the Miscellanies, a collection of stories on ghosts and dreams . He died at Oxford in
See also:June 1697, and was buried in the
See also:church of St Mary Magdalene . Beside the
See also:works already mentioned, his papers included: Architectonica Sacra," notes on ecclesiastical antiquities; and "
See also:Life of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury," which served as the basis of Dr
See also:Blackburn's Latin life, and also of Wood's account . His survey of Surrey was incorporated in R .
See also:Rawlinson's Natural History and Antiquities of Surrey (1719); his antiquarian notes on Wiltshire were printed in Wiltshire; the Topographical Collections of
See also:John Aubrey, corrected and enlarged by J . E .
See also:Jackson (
See also:Devizes, 1862)
See also:part of another MS. on " The Natural History of Wiltshire " was printed by John Britton in 1847 for the Wiltshire Topographical Society; the Miscellanies were edited in 1890 for the Library of Old Authors; the " Minutes for Lives " were partially edited in 1813 . A
See also:complete transcript, Brief Lives chiefly of Contemporaries set down by John Aubrey between the Years 1669 and 1696, was edited for the Clarendon
See also:Press in 1898 by the Rev . Andrew
See also:Clark from the
See also:MSS. in the Bodleian, Oxford . See also John Britton, Memoir of John Aubrey (1845) ;
See also:David Masson, in the
See also:British Quarterly Review,
See also:July 1856; Emile Montegut, Heures de lecture d'un critique (1891); and a
See also:catalogue of Aubrey's collections in The Life and Times of Anthony Wood . ., by Andrew Clark (Oxford, 1891-1900, vol. iv. pp . 191-193), which contains many other references to Aubrey .
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