Folkes, Martin (1690 -1754)
Martin Folkes was born 29 October 1690, the eldest son of Martin Folkes, barrister of London, and Dorothy Hovell. He was educated at the University of Saumur and at Clare College Cambridge, where he took his M.A. 6 October 1717. On 29 July 1714, Folkes was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in 1723 he was Vice President, and on 30 November 1741 he was elected President. He married on 18 October 1714 Lucretia Bradshaw, an actress. They had a son who died from a fall from a horse, and two daughters. She survived her husband, but had been for some time in a private lunatic asylum. Folkes tended to antiquarian, rather than scientific interests, and was President of the Society of Antiquaries. He died 28 June 1754 and his library and collections were sold by auction by S. Baker in 1756, the sale beginning 2nd February and lasting 56 days. The badge of the bindings of his books is imitated from that of the Baron de Longueville.