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Gilbert Burnet

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Gilbert Burnet

by Robert White
line engraving, 1687
9 3/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (249 mm x 159 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D18616

Sitterback to top

  • Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury and historian. Sitter associated with 24 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 608 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Events of 1687back to top

Current affairs

The fellows of Magdalen College, defying James II's instructions that they choose a Roman Catholic as its president, elect John Hough, Bishop of Worcester. The crown subsequently expels the fellows and annuls Hough's position.
The Declaration of Indulgence is issued, granting greater religious tolerance towards nonconformists and Catholics.

Art and science

Astronomer, Edmond Halley, publishes Isaac Newton's Principia, Newton's theory on the laws of gravity and motion.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, publishes The Hind and the Panther, a pro-Catholic, allegorical poem constructed as a theological discussion between the animals who represent the Church of Rome and Church of England respectively.

International

Papist Richard Talbot is appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland, the first Catholic to take the position since the Reformation.

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