Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Evelyn, John (1620-1706), was born at Wotton, Surrey, where his family owned an estate. He studied at Oxford and at the Middle Temple, and then travelled for some time. His exertions for the Royalist cause won him consideration at Court after the Restoration. He was one of the early members of the Royal Society. In 1662 he published a History of Engraving upon Copper, but the work by which he is chiefly known is the Sylva (a treatise on forest-trees), with its appendix Pomona upon fruit-trees. In James II.'s reign he was one of the Commissioners of the Privy Seal, and after the Revolution he was made treasurer of Greenwich Hospital. His diary and correspondence have been published, and many miscellaneous works on gardening, architecture, medals, a burlesque account of women's toilet called Mundus Mnliebris, and. the Fop's Dictionary.