John Blagrave

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John Blagrave
Born 1561
Earley, Berkshire, England
Died August 9, 1611(1611-08-09) (aged 50)
Southcote, Berkshire, England
Residence Southcote, Berkshire, England
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics, Horology

John Blagrave (c. 1561 – 1611) was an English mathematician.


He was probably born in the vicinity of Reading in 1561, to John Blagrave of Bulmershe Court at Earley and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir Anthony Hungerford of Down Ampney in Gloucestershire.[1] He was educated at Reading School and St John's College, Oxford, although he never graduated from the latter.[1]

In 1591 his father bestowed on him the lands at Southcote Manor, in what is now the Reading suburb of Southcote.[1]

He died at Reading on 9 August 1611 and is buried in St Laurence's Church there.[1] As he died without issue, the lands at Southcote Manor passed to his nephew Daniel Blagrave, most famous as one of the signatories of King Charles I's death warrant.[1]


He published four mathematical books in his lifetime:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Blagrave, John". Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.