Francis Bacon is made Lord Chancellor (1618)

On this day in 1618, Francis Bacon was made Lord Chancellor of England by James I.

Bacon was something of a Renaissance Man, a “natural philosopher” (what we would now call a scientist) and philosopher as well as a lawyer and statesman.  He was one of those instrumental in the creation of the colonies in the Americas, and set out his egalitarian vision of how things should be there in his book “New Atlantis” (see also July 4th posting).

Statue of Bacon

He  is commemorated by a statue in Gray’s Inn, where he received his legal training. Both he and his father Nicholas, as sometime Lords Keeper of the Great Seal, once lived in York House, not far from  Whitehall.   Francis  also once  lived in Canonbury House in Islington (see here).

Gray’s Inn is visited on our “Historic Smithfield, Clerkenwell and Holborn” standard walk and on our “Legal London” themed special.  The site of York House is visited on our “St Paul’s to Westminster Abbey” standard walk and “Legal London” themed special.

Further details of all our walks are available in the Our Guided Walks section of this web-site.

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