John Whiteside: Philosophical Lectures

Scope and Content

'A Course of Philosophical Lectures by Tho. Whiteside A.M', 183 folios. The lectures are on mechanics. No Thomas Whiteside appears among the published lists of graduates of any university in the British Isles. This is evidently a mistake for John Whiteside (i.e. Tho. for Jho), who was giving such lectures in the early 18th century (see R.T. Gunther, Early science in Oxford, Vol. I). On fo. 1: 'Jno. Browne'. On the front cover are the words 'Mr. Browne', and on the back cover what appears to be a fragment of a letter or note: '...ettered to Jesus Coll....soon as you return'.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Whiteside (1680-1729), son of George Whiteside of Kirkham, Lancaster, entered Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1696 (B.A., 1700; M.A., 1704). He was chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford, and Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum from 1714 until his death. He was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1718. Whiteside died on 12 October 1729.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Spencer George Perceval, 1921.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Whiteside in Joseph Foster, ed., Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714, S-Z (Oxford, 1892), p. 1620.

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