Boevey, James

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Boevey, James Gender: M
born on 7 May 1622 Jul.Cal. (17 May 1622 greg.) at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 26°04' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 14°06 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 28°05'

James Boevey (Portrait, aged 11, inscribed: "James Boevey An(n)o Dom(ini): 1634 Aetatis Suae 11 ("A.D. 1634 of his age 11"))


English merchant, lawyer and philosopher of Huguenot parentage.

Boevey started his career working for the Dutch-born financier Sir William Courten (d. 1636), discoverer of Barbados. Boeve married in 1638 Susanna Dwyer, the niece of John Money, Courten's business partner in the great firm of silk and linen merchants Courten and Money.

Whilst King Charles II was in exile on the continent, James Boevey conducted his business affairs.

Boevey devised what he called "Active Philosophy", which might be described today as "self-help" literature, which he described in a series of volumes, mostly written in 1665 and 1666, which were never published, but circulated amongst his friends. These included John Aubrey, John Evelyn and Elias Ashmole, the latter with whom he shared an interest in the occult.

He died at Cheam and was buried on 13 January 1695.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Ashmole, Elias (born 23 May 1617 Jul.Cal. (2 June 1617 greg.))
  • friend relationship with Aubrey, John (born 12 March 1626 Jul.Cal. (22 Mar 1626 greg.))
  • friend relationship with Evelyn, John (born 31 October 1620 Jul.Cal. (10 Nov 1620 greg.))


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" by H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Howard Harrison (2004), p. 426: "Boevey, James (1622-1696), merchant and philosopher, was born at 6 am on 7 May 1622 at Mincing Lane, in the parish of St Dunstan-in-the-East, London."


  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Other Business/Mkt (Merchant)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Lawyer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Self-help)