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John Aubrey

  • Birth 1626
  • Death 1697
  • Burial Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Plot actual site unmarked, memorial plaque in corner of chapel
  • Memorial ID 12094114

English antiquary and miscellaneous writer, b. Kingston, Wiltshire, educated at Trinity College, Oxford. He knew most of the famous people of his day and left copious memorandums as well as letters. His most celebrated work, Lives of Eminent Men, was originally compiled for the use of Anthony Wood in his Athenae Oxonienses. The Lives first appeared in print in 1813. Only his Miscellanies (1696), a collection of stories and folklore, was published in his lifetime. Extremely interested in antiquities, he wrote the Natural History of Wiltshire (ed. by John Britton, 1847) and Perambulation of Surrey, which was included in the Natural History and Antiquities of Surrey (1719). He discovered a series of pits surrounding Stonehenge, now known as the 'Aubrey Holes'. His comment that the Neolithic monuments of Avebury 'exceedeth Stonehenge as a cathedral doth a parish church' inspired later antiquarians and historical explorers such as William Stukeley (qv).


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 18 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12094114
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Aubrey (1626–1697), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12094114, citing St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .