Basil Hall (1788 - 1844)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Devon, England
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About Basil Hall

Biographical Summary

Hall, Basil. 31/12/1788-11/09/1844. Ref: 664. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Captain.
  • Place of Birth: Edinburgh.
  • Place of Death: Royal Hospital, Haslar, Portsmouth, Devon.
  • Profession: Officer of The Royal Navy, Author, Astronomer, Geologist.
  • Appointments Held: Entered RN 1802, 1808 Lieutenant, 1817 Captain, Served 1812-17 Far East, 1820-2 South America & Galapagos, 1827-8 North America.
  • Schools and Tutors: High School, Edinburgh 1797-1800.
  • Marital Status: Married (1825) Margaret Hunter.
  • Mother: Lady Helen Douglas.
  • Father: Sir James Hall, FRSE 1761-1832.
  • Siblings: Sir John Hall of Dunglass FRSE 1795-1866, James Hall FRSE 1800-1854 and William Hall FRSE.
  • References: DNB 24, 1890, 58-9; Proc Roy Soc, 5,1851,526-7; Anderson 2, 410-11; Chambers 5, 279; Shapin 214.
  • Memberships: FRS (1816), FRAS, FGS, FRGS, FSA(Scot).
  • Date of Election: 1812.
  • Proposers: John Playfair, Allan Maconochie (Lord Meadowbank), Sir George Steuart Mackenzie (Minute 02/02/1811 NLS Acc10,000/4).
  • Service to the RSE: Councillor 1828-31.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 401

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Basil Hall's Timeline

1788
December 31, 1788
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1825
March 1, 1825
Age 36
1826
1826
Age 37
Foreign Parts or London
1830
1830
Age 41
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
1833
August 8, 1833
Age 44
Geneva, Switzerland
1844
September 11, 1844
Age 55
Portsmouth, Devon, England