Herschel, John the Younger

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Herschel, John the Younger Gender: M
born on 29 October 1837 at 08:15 (= 08:15 AM )
Place Cape Town, South Africa, 33s55, 18e22
Timezone LMT m18e22 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 05°41' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 03°26 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 28°16'


English military engineer, surveyor and astronomer. He was the third son and sixth child of Sir John Herschel, 1st Baronet, and grandson of William Herschel.

He was born in Claremont, a suburb of Cape Town in the British Cape Colony of South Africa. His family had travelled to the Cape in late 1833, so that his father could work on an astronomical survey of the southern skies.

Herschel died, aged 83, on 31 May 1921.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Herschel, Caroline (born 16 March 1750). Notes: Great aunt/ nephew
  • other kin relationship with Herschel, William (born 15 November 1738). Notes: Grandkin


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes father's diary as transcribed in Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel, 1834-1838 by David S. Evans, Terence J. Deeming, Betty Hall Evans, Stephen Goldfarb (University of Texas Press, 2014), page 377: "Sunday, October 29, 1837 At 8h 1/4 am. our 3rd Son and 6th Child (John) Born."


  • Family : Childhood : Family large
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Sixth of twelve)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer (Military)
  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy