Francis and Nicholas Bacon

Statue of Francis Bacon, Gray's Inn

Statue of Francis Bacon, Gray’s Inn

April 9th – On this day in 1626 died the Renaissance Man Francis Bacon, statesman, lawyer, philosopher and scientist (see also January 7th blog).

Ironically, it was evidently his scientific curiosity that led to his death – he caught a chill while experimenting with freezing a chicken with snow!

Incidentally, Francis’s father Nicholas Bacon died in 1579, and is buried in St Paul’s. His memorial shows signs of charring from the Great Fire of 1666!

Remains of tomb of Nicholas Bacon, St Paul's

Remains of tomb of Nicholas Bacon, St Paul’s

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