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Long, Roger, 1680-1770 (vicar and astronomer)



Roger Long (1680-1770), Vicar of Cherry Hinton and astronomer, was born on 2 February 1680 at Croxton Park, Norfolk. Following an early education at Norwich grammar school he was admitted as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, on 4 March 1697. He graduated BA in 1701, was elected fellow in 1703, and graduated MA in 1704. Long was ordained deacon at Lincoln on 25 September 1716 and priest at Norwich on 23 December 1716. He was rector of Overton Waterville, Huntingdonshire, from 1716 to 1751, then of Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex. He had become DD in 1728, and was appointed vicar of Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire, in 1729, the same year he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. Long was master of Pembroke College from 1733 to 1770 and vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1733-4. He was elected the first Lowndean professor of astronomy and geometry in 1750. Long died on 16 December 1770.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Long: the papers of Roger Long

Reference Code: GBR/1058/LON
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Roger Long's Commonplace Books and notebooks as well as posthumous material collected by the College.

Dates: 1698-1951 and undated

Roger Long: Letter to unidentified correspondent, 1769

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/815
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.

Dates: 1769
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

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