Pitfield, Alexander (1658 -1728)
Alexander Pitfield, of St Helen’s, Bishopgate, London, was born 14 April 1659, the second but only surviving son of Sir Charles Pitfield, of Hoxton, Middlesex, and Winifred, daughter and coheir of John Adderley of Coton in Staffordshire. He was educated at Merchant Taylors School, at Charterhouse, and privately, and admitted a Fellow Commoner of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge 25 April 1676, age seventeen, and was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn 15 February 1676. He married firstly, 20 April 1680, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Waller, merchant of St Martin’s, Ironmonger Lane, London. She died sometime after 1695. They had a son who died during his father’s lifetime, and four daughters. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1684, Member of Parliament for Bridport 1698 - 1708, and was Treasurer of the Royal Society 1700-1728. He married secondly, 3 September 1703, Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Boone of Mount Boone, near Dartmouth in Devon, widow of Robert Boddington, haberdasher of St Magnus parish in London. Pitfield formed a considerable library, and died 19 October 1728.