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”.
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.