John Evelyn

Born on October 31st, 1620 at Wotton in Surrey, the British writer John Evelyn died at Wotton on February 27th, 1706.

A country gentleman from a wealthy landowning family, he wrote some thirty books on the fine arts, forestry, and religious topics. Of particular interest to this author was Evelyn’s A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesty’s dominions, as it was delivered in The Royal society, on the 15th of October 1662.

Published in 1818, his Diary – which he kept from 1631 to 1706 – is an invaluable source of information on seventeenth-century social, cultural, religious, and political life. [i]

Jack Plane


[i] Encyclopedia Britannica.

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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