Sir George Wharton
Sir George WHARTON, 1st bart 1617-81
Born at Strickland, Westmorland, son of George Wharton, blacksmith. He studied briefly at Oxford in 1633 without matriculating; by 1641 he was in Bishop Auckland, where he began publishing almanacs. He became the leading astrologer on the royalist side, and fought in the Civil War; thereafter he had many difficult years, supported by Elias Ashmole and others, continuing to issue almanacs. After the Restoration he was appointed a clerk to the ordnance]], and its treasurer in 1670; he was made a baronet in 1677.
Part of Wharton's library was sold by retail sale in London, 20.10.1713, as part of a joint sale with "another learn'd gentleman".
None of Wharton's books have been identified.
- Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800. St Philip, 2010.
- A catalogue of part of the libraries of Sir George Wharton and another, [London, 1713], ESTC t14349.
- Capp, Bernard. "Wharton, Sir George, first baronet (1617–1681), astrologer and royalist." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.