CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2045
TitleStephen Charles Triboudet Demainbray, lecturer and astronomer: diplomas
Date1750 - 1771, 1939-1940
Extent9 items: 0.03 linear metres
Creator NameDemainbray; Stephen Charles Triboudet (1710-1782); lecturer and astronomer
Administrative HistoryStephen Charles Triboudet Demainbray was born in 1710, the son of Stephen Triboudet who fled from France to Holland on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and came to England with William of Orange (1650-1702). He took the name Demainbray after an uncle who looked after him after his father's early death. He studied at Leiden after attending Westminster School (London) and lectured at Edinburgh in experimental philosophy from 1740 to 1746, with a period as a volunteer in the army on the Hanoverian side at Prestonpans. He proceeded to lecture in Dublin, Bordeaux, Montpelier and Lyons before returning to England after the death of his wife in 1750, in which year he was awarded the degree of LL.D. by King's College and University of Aberdeen. Demainbray was tutor to the Prince of Wales from 1754 until his accession, and then to Queen Charlotte. Subsequently he held remunerative posts in the Customs, and was appointed astronomer at the Observatory established at Kew from 1768 until his death in 1782, where he was succeeded by his son, who remained there until it was given up in 1840.
SourceThe papers were presented in 1940 by the Reverend E. Courtney Gardner, Wayford, Crewkerne, Somerset, who had obtained them from an auction porter who had found them in an old desk in a Cheltenham saleroom.
DescriptionFour diplomas and certificates awarded by universities or learned societies, with accompanying correspondence relating to lectures given by him in Europe or government work undertaken in England, 1750 - 1771. Includes the original LLD diploma granted by King's College in 1750.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
LanguageEnglish and French
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
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