Joshua Barnes 1654-1712

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Joshua BARNES 1654-1712

Joshus Barnes's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection)

Biographical Note

Son of Edward Barnes of St Stephen, Coleman Street parish, London, a tailor. Admitted a servitor of Emmanuel College, Cambridge 1671, BA 1675, fellow 1678, MA 1679, BD 1686. A Greek scholar and antiquary, Barnes was made Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge in 1695 but, as the university grew increasingly hostile to his pro-Stuart sympathies, he grew closer to Oxford scholarly circles and became friends with the likes of Edward Bernard, Francis Cherry, and Thomas Hearne. In 1700 Barnes married a Mrs Mason, a widow of Hemingford, near St Ives, Huntingdonshire and was married to her until his death in 1712.


Barnes used an engraved armorial bookplate dated 1700 (Franks 1537/*533); the extent of his library is not known. The papers of Thomas Hearne include a list of Barnes's unpublished works, many of which can be found in Emmanuel College library.