Historical Figures Born in 1685

  • Jan 7 Gerard George Clifford, Dutch director of East India Company and plant collector (grew 1st banana indoors) (d. 1760)
  • Jan 7 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (d. 1761)
  • Jan 18 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch Classical professor, baptized (d. 1766)
  • Feb 8 Charles-Jean-François Hénault, French historian (d. 1770)
  • Feb 10 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)
  • Mar 12 George Berkeley, Irish philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
  • Mar 17 Jean-Marc Nattier, French portrait painter
  • Mar 18 Ralph Ersine, Scottish minister (d. 1752)
  • Jun 3 Cornelis Hop, Mayor of Amsterdam and diplomat, born in Amsterdam (d. 1762)
  • Jun 30 Dominikus Zimmermann, Bavarian Baroque architect and painter (Liebfrauenkirche), born in Gaispoint, Germany (d. 1766)
  • Jul 3 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer, born in Roos Hall, Beccles, England (d. 1768)
  • Aug 18 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 1731)

Charles VICharles VI (1685-1740)

Oct 1 Holy Roman Emperor (1711-40), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna

  • Nov 17 Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, French Canadian trader and explorer of North Dakota and the upper Missouri River, born in Trois-Rivières, New France (d. 1749)
  • Dec 6 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France, born in Royal Palace, Turin, Savoy (d. 1712)
  • Dec 17 Thomas Tickell, English writer and poet, born in Bridekirk, Cockermouth, England (d. 1740)