Milton, John

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Milton, John Gender: M
born on 9 December 1608 Jul.Cal. (19 Dec 1608 greg.) at 06:30 (= 06:30 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 27°50' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°44 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 07°32'

John Milton


British poet and intellectual best know for his epic poem "Paradise Lost" (1667), which was written in blank verse. He was the first modern writer to employ unrhymed verse outside of the theatre or translations. His work is generally regarded as surpassed only by Shakespeare. He served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell.

He was the son of a scrivener, one of six children of whom three lived. He was a beautiful child with a good education who continued on to Cambridge where he lived so chaste a life that he was given the nickname of "lady." He lived at home from 1632 to 1638 when his mother died. As a gentleman, he traveled for a year.

Puritanical and serious, he married 17-year-old Mary in early 1643. She left him one month later but returned in 1644. They had four children, the first born in July 1646. One of the boys died and after the fourth birth in May 1652, Mary died.

A tutor and writer, Milton was generally beset by money problems. He married his second wife on 22 November 1656 and was widowed a second time when she died in childbirth 15 months later. He married his third and last wife in February 1663; a young sensible girl, Elizabeth Mynshull, who made his last years comfortable.

Milton became more radical in his views as he aged, becoming the master of invective. Losing his sight from his mid-30s, probably from retinal detachment, by March-April 1652 he was wholly blind and worked through secretaries. He adapted well to his blindness, but gout was a torment. Milton spent his last nine years in a cottage (now a museum) and died of consumption "in the middle of the night" on 8 November 1674 in Chalfont St. Giles, England.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Hall, Joseph (born 1 July 1574 Jul.Cal. (11 July 1574 greg.))


  • Relationship : Marriage 1643 (First wife, Mary)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 July 1646 Jul.Cal. (8 Aug 1646 greg.) at 6:30 PM in London (Birth of daughter Anne)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 25 October 1648 Jul.Cal. (4 Nov 1648 greg.) at 06:00 AM in London (Birth of daughter Mary)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 16 March 1651 Jul.Cal. (26 Mar 1651 greg.) at 9:30 PM in London (Birth of son John)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis March 1652 (Finally completely blind)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2 May 1652 Jul.Cal. (12 May 1652 greg.) at 02:45 AM in London (Birth of daughter Deborah)
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  • Death of Mate 5 May 1652 Jul.Cal. (15 May 1652 greg.) (First wife, Mary, died 3 days after childbirth)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 12 November 1656 Jul.Cal. (22 Nov 1656 greg.) (Second wife, Katherine Woodcock)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 19 October 1657 Jul.Cal. (29 Oct 1657 greg.) in London (Birth of daughter Katherin)
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  • Death of Mate 4 February 1658 Jul.Cal. (14 Feb 1658 greg.) (Second wife, Katherin)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 24 February 1663 Jul.Cal. (6 Mar 1663 greg.) (Third wife, Elizabeth Mynshull)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 8 November 1674 Jul.Cal. (18 Nov 1674 greg.) (Kidney failure, age 65)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield downloaded a photo of the page in John Milton's family bible in which he has written, "John Milton was born the 9th of December 1608 die Veneris half an hour after 6 in the morning" (available on the British Library website [1]). John Milton also recorded other family data on the same page:

"Christopher Milton was born on Friday about a month before Christmass at 5 in the morning 1615 . . . My daughter Anne was born July the 29th on the fast at evening about half and houre after 6, 1646. My daughter Mary was born on Wednesday Octob. 25th on the fast ˄day in the morning about 6 a clock 1648. My son John was born on Sunday March the 16th about half an hower past nine at night 1650. My daughter Deborah was born the 2d of May being Sunday somewhat before 3 of the clock in the morning. 1652. Hir My wife hir mother dyed about 3 days after. And my son about – 6 weeks after his mother. Katherin my daughter, by Katherin my second wife, was borne ye. 19th of October, between 5 and 6 in ye morning and dyed ye 27th of March following, 6 weeks after hir mother, who dyed ye 4rd of Feb. 1657."

Previously this entry had the same data for Milton, but rated B: Stephen Erlewine quoted Aubrey's "Minutes of the Life of Mr. John Milton," as found in Milton's Complete Poems, edited by F.A. Patterson, "Born on the 9th of December, half an hour after six in the morning." Aubrey's Brief Lives gives "Between six and seven in the morning," in MNN.

Peter Levi, Eden Renewed: The Public and Private Life of John Milton, St. Martin's Press.


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vegetarian)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA)
  • Traits : Personality : Pessimist (Puritanical, serious)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (In later years)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Circulatory problems (Gout)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (One of six, three lived)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (First wife 14 years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (1652)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five kids; one died)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son died)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Consumption)
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (Civil servant)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Wrote in English, Latin, Greek, Italian)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Famed writer, genius)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection