Hopton, Arthur

, an English mathematician, was son of sir Arthur Hopton, and born in Somersetshire. He was educated at Lincoln college, Oxford, and after taking his degree of B. A. removed to the Temple, where he lived in habits of friendship with the learned Selden. He died in 1614, a very young man, not having attained to more than his twenty-sixth year. He wrote a treatise on the “Geodetical Staff;” “The Topographical Glass, containing the uses of that instrument, the theodolite, plane table, and circumferentor;” “A Concordance of Years, containing a new and a most exact computation of time, according to the English accompt;” “Prognostications for the years 1607 and 1614.2


Ath. Ox. vol. I.