Robert Nelson

Date 1656 - 1715
Biographical NotesNelson was an English religious writer and philanthropist. He supported the allied Societies for the Reformation of Manners, which aimed at enforcing laws for the suppression of vice, and was an active member of the the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He was also involved in the movement to establish charity schools.

Nelson was a nonjuror: on the accession of William and Mary in 1689, he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Church of England, feeling bound by his previous oath of allegiance to James II. See ODNB.

He was elected to the Royal Society in 1680, and travelled in Italy and France in the 1680s.
Work(s)Author of Instructions for the Conduct of Young Gentlemen in their Travels Thro' Foreign Countries (1718)