John Raunce d.ca.1716
John RAUNCE d.ca.1716?
Physician, and Quaker, in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He surfaces in various accounts of Quaker activities there in the later 17th century, particularly as a dissenter from other Quaker views of the time, and a critic of the prominent Quaker author Thomas Ellwood. He published several contentious pamphlets and broadsides on Quaker matters around the turn of the 18th century (ESTC n470643, r470637); it is not clear whether some earlier astrological writings by "John Raunce sometime a practitioner in astrologie, and student in the magick art" (ESTC r206349) are the same man, or perhaps his father?
Raunce's library was sold by retail sale in London, beginning 18.7.1716; no catalogue survives, but the sale was advertised in the Daily Courant as "a very curious and valuable collection of Greek, Latin, and English books".
- Alston, R. C., Inventory of sale catalogues ... 1676-1800, St Philip, 2010.
- Eland, G., A meeting-place of the early Quakers in Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society.
- Victoria County History, Buckinghamshire vol.3 (High Wycombe).