Sir John Cullum, 6th Baronet

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Sir John Cullum, 6th Baronet (21 June 1733 – 9 October 1785) was an English clergyman and antiquary.

Sir John Cullum, Bt
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Sir John Cullum, portrait by Angelica Kauffman
Born(1733-06-21)21 June 1733
Died9 October 1785(1785-10-09) (aged 52)
TitleBaronet of Hawsted and Hardwick, Suffolk
Known forFellow of the Royal Society;
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Spouse(s)Peggy Bisson


The eldest son of Sir John Cullum, 5th Baronet, of Hawsted and Hardwick, Suffolk, by Susanna, daughter and coheiress of Sir Thomas Gery, he was born at Hawsted 21 June 1733, and baptised in the chapel at Hawsted Place on 19 July. He was educated at King Edward VI's School, Bury St. Edmunds. He went to Catharine Hall, Cambridge, and in January 1756 was fourth junior optime in the Mathematical Tripos; his classics, however, were stronger, and in 1758 he obtained the member's prize for the best dissertation in Latin prose. He was elected Fellow of his college, and was only just defeated in an election for the mastership.[1]

In April 1762 he was presented by his father to the rectory of Hawsted, and in December 1774 he was instituted to the vicarage of Great Thurlow, also Suffolk. In 1774 also, he succeeded his father as sixth baronet.[1]

Cullum was a scholar, antiquary and student of natural science. In March 1774 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and in March 1775 a Fellow of the Royal Society. Cullum died of consumption on 9 October 1785, and was buried at Hawsted.[1]


Cullum's diaries and correspondence survived at Hardwick House in Bury St. Edmunds, and elsewhere. Among his circle were the Duchess of Portland, Mary Delany, Richard Gough who began his Sepulchral Monuments at Cullum's prompting, Michael Lort, Peter Sandford, Thomas Pennant, James Granger, George Ashby, Michael Tyson, John Lightfoot, and William Cole.[1]

Cullum devoted time to the preparation of The History and Antiquities of Hawsted and Hardwick in the County of Suffolk, published in No. xxiii. (1784) of Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica, and subsequently in separate form. He made collections for a History of Suffolk, and projected a new Flora Anglicana, but neither were published.[1]


Cullum married at West Ham, Essex, 11 July 1765, Peggy, only daughter of Daniel Bisson distiller of Three Mills, who died in August 1810.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cust 1888.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCust, Lionel Henry (1888). "Cullum, John". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 13. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 283.

Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Cullum
(of Hastede)
1774 – 1785
Succeeded by
Thomas Gery Cullum