- 1. Dates
- Born: England, c.1671 born between 18 July 1670 and 18 July 1671.
- Died: Great Oxzendon, Northamptonshire, 18 July 1726
- Dateinfo: Birth Uncertain
- Lifespan: 55
- 2. Father
- Occupation: Unknown
- No information on financial status.
- 3. Nationality
- Birth: English
- Career: English
- Death: English
- 4. Education
- Cambridge University, Emmanuel College; B.A., 1691; M.A., 1695.
- ad enundem degree at Oxford, 1694.
- 5. Religion
- Affiliation: Anglican
- He was a clergyman in the Anglican Church.
- 6. Scientific Disciplines
- Primary: Natural History
- Morton's only publication was The Natural History of Northamptonshire, 1712. In this work he followed Woodward's proposition that the delyde was responsible for the geological features of the county and for its fossils.
- 7. Means of Support
- Primary: Church Life
- Curate of Great Oxendon, 1694-1706.
- Rector of Great Oxendon, 1706-26.
- 8. Patronage
- Types: Aristrocrat, Gentry
- I have not found who preferred Morton at Great Oxendon.
- In a letter of 1704 Morton speaks of the encouragement of gentlemen and noblemen of Northamptonshire, which enables him to pursue his natural history of the county. The work was published by subscription, the new device then coming into practice. I have not been able to see a copy of the book and do not know who subscribed, except that a letter mentions Sir Walter Hawkesworth as one of them.
- 9. Technological Involvement
- Types: None
- 10. Scientific Societies
- Membership: Royal Society
- Informal Connections: Friendship with John Ray; correspondence with Sloane, Dr. Richardson, Dr. John Woodward, and Lhwyd.
- Royal Society, 1703-26.
- Dictionary of National Biography (repr., London: Oxford University Press, 1949-50), 13, 1050-1. Nichols, Illustrations of the Literaturary History of the 18th Century, 1, 324-7.
- H.T. Wake, "Epitaph on the Rev. John Morton," Notes and Queries, Ist ser., 6, 358.
- Richard Pulteney, Historical and Biographical Sketches of the Progress of Botany in England, (London 1790), 1, 354-5.
- Compiled by:
- Richard S. Westfall
- Department of History and Philosophy of Science
- Indiana University
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