Freemasons and the Royal Society: Martin Folkes

Martin Folkes (1690-1754) was an antiquary who was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 23 for his study of mathematics. He served as President of the Royal Society from 1741-1752. He was a member of lodges in London and Norwich and was Deputy Grand Master 1724-5. This engraving of Folkes is by fellow freemason William Hogarth and is based on Hogarth’s painting of him which Folkes bequeathed to the Royal Society./—/