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...Damien Mitton was born in around 1618, probably in Paris, and died in the same city on 6 February 1690. He was from a modest family – his father was a master barber-surgeon – and he seems to have received little education. It is not until...
...Toland, John Trenchard, John John Trenchard was born in England. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered in 1685, at the age of sixteen. According to Thomas Gordon (in the memoir of Trenchard in Cato’s Letters, vol. 1...
...Drennan, William Drennan, Thomas Thomas Drennan was born in Belfast on 25 December 1696 and died there on 14 February 1768. In the session 1714–15 he entered Glasgow University in the penultimate year of study and was taught by Gershom...
...Wolff, Christian Ickstatt, Johann Adam Freiherr von Johann Adam Ickstatt was born in 1702 as the son of a wealthy hammer-smith and ironmonger in Vockenhausen, Taunus. He died during a business trip in Waldsassen (Oberpfalz) in 1776....
...Robertson, William William Robertson was born in Dublin on 16 October 1705. He died at Wolverhampton on 20 May 1783. Born into a dissenting family prominent in the linen trade, he received his grammar schooling and first grounding...
...Bland, Richard Richard Bland, statesman and distinguished member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, was born on 6 May 1710 in Jordon's Point, Virginia. Orphaned in 1720, Bland inherited the family plantation on the James River...
...Anthony Benezet, Anthony Benezet was born to Huguenot parents in St Quentin, France. Fleeing religious persecution, the family went first to Rotterdam in February 1715, and then to London six months later. In 1731 they relocated...
...Wolff, Christian Vattel, Emer de Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm Frederick (Friedrich) II, King of ­Prussia Formey, Jean Henri Samuel Emer de Vattel (also: Emmerich, Eméric) was born in Couvet in the Swiss canton of Neuenburg, which at the time...
...Lilienthal, Michael Lilienfeld, Jacob Heinrich von Lenz, Jakob Michael Reinhold Kant, Immanuel Jacob Heinrich von Lilienfeld was born in Livland and educated in the imperial corp of cadets in St Petersburg. He served at the court there,...
...John Woolman is revered for his Woolman, John Journal Journal, a spiritual autobiography written in the journal tradition of the Society of Friends Society of Friends (Quakers). He worked on a broad range of concerns, from poverty...