Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Sir Thomas Chichely & Sir Jonas Moore

In 1664 they established the Commons which exist in Soham to this day.

Sir Thomas Chichely - Details of Sir Thomas can be found in John Burke, A GENEALOGICAL AND HERALDIC HISTORY OF THE COMMONERS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, Vol. IV, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1977, p. 234. Knt. of Wimpole, in Cambridgeshire. The Chicheley Chapel, Wimpole contains a monument to Sir Thomas Chicheley beneath the 14th century stained glass window.

Sir Jonas Moore (1617-79) - born at Whitelee, February 8th, 1617, In early life he was clerk under Dr. Burghill, Chancellor of Durham Univeristy. He was a practical mathematician, teacher, author, surveyor, cartographer, Ordnance Officer, courtier and patron of astronomy - had a remarkable career, and was one of the first to make a substantial fortune from mathematical practice. He recieved a knighthood, membership of the Royal Society, and favour at the court of Charles II; he made a contribution to the draining of the Great Level (under Cornelius Vermuyden) and the building of the Mole at Tangier, and, as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, he became a patron of the new Royal Observatory at Greenwich.

Jonas Moore and Christopher Towneley rescued the papers of astronomers William Gascoigne, Jeremiah Horrox and William Crabtree after Crabtree's death. Jonas Moore left Pendle some time after 1647. He took his share of the astronomical papers with him and they were published in London. In the 1650s Jonas Moore helped to drain the fens of Norfolk. The result of his work in the Fens was the great Bedford Level of which he wrote an account, printed in 1685 after his death.

"He took his share of the astronomical papers with him and they were published in London. Jonas also wrote books himself and this picture is from the first edition of his arithmetic book published in 1650."

His Pendle Forest relatives were Parliamentarians but he was a Royalist. Charles I. encouraged his study of Mathematics, and in the dedication of the second edition of his Arithmetic to James, Duke of York, 1660, he states that his name cannot be found in the "black book." Charles II. appointed him Surveyor General of Ordnance. He reclaimed a large extent of waste land on the Sussex coast, and built a mole or sea-wal1 at Tangier. He built the Observatory at Greenwich and superintended the furnishing with astronomical instruments. In 1666 he helped to survey London after the Great Fire. He became the King's Surveyor General of the Ordnance in 1669 and was knighted in 1673.

He was proposed a member of the Royal Society November 30th 1674, and admitted December 3rd, He was chosen a member of the Council November 30th, l675, and was nominated vice-president May l8th, 1676. During the years 1678-9 he frequently spoke at meetings of the Society. He appears to have been knighted between February 20th, 1672 and July 26th, 1673.

On returning from Portsmouth he vas seized with ague at Godalming in Surrey, where he died August 27th, 1679. He was buried in the Tower of London and sixty pieces of artillery were discharged at his funeral.

His son Jonas had the reversion of his office and was knighted August 9th, 1680 - "as well in consideration of his own abilities as of the faithful services of his father," This second Sir Jonas Moore was killed by a fall from his horse July l2th, 1682.

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