Famous People Born In 1685

Discover the most famous people born in 1685. The list includes people like Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Mary Read, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, George Berkeley and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include poets, composers, playwrights and philosophers born in 1685. This list includes people from England, France, Germany and many more countries.
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Johann Sebastian Bach
(One of the Greatest Composers of All Time)
Johann Sebastian Bach
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany
Died: July 28, 1750

Johann Sebastian Bach was an 18-th century German composer of the Baroque period. He redefined both church and secular music. He served as the court musician of Duke Johann Ernst and King Augustus III. He created more than 300 cantatas and vocal music such as Mass in B minor.

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George Frideric Handel
(German-British Composer Known for His Works: ‘Water Music’ and ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’)
George Frideric Handel
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 23rd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halle (Saale), Germany
Died: April 14, 1759

George Frideric Handel was a Baroque composer renowned for his oratorios, operas, anthems, and organ concertos. A great composer, Handel's works had a strong influence on popular Classical-era composers like Beethoven and Mozart. George Frideric Handel's life and work have also inspired several films, such as the 1942 British biographical film The Great Mr. Handel.

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Domenico Scarlatti
(Italian Composer Best Known for His ‘555 Keyboard Sonatas’)
Domenico Scarlatti
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 23, 1757

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti was no stranger to music, being the son of famous composer Alessandro Scarlatti. From being the official composer for the queen of Poland, to teaching music to the princess of Spain and creating 555 keyboard sonatas, the legendary harpsichordist had an illustrious life.

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John Gay
(Dramatist & Poet)
John Gay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barnstaple
Died: December 4, 1732
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George Berkeley
(philosopher)
George Berkeley
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 12th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: January 14, 1753

George Berkeley was an Anglo-Irish philosopher who is credited with popularizing a theory called immaterialism, which claims that material substance like tables and chairs can't exist without being perceived by the mind. Berkeley influenced several philosophers like David Hume. Also remembered for his humanitarian work, George Berkeley worked towards creating homes for abandoned children in London.

Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 20, 1740

Much before his daughter Maria Theresa’s birth, Emperor Charles VI’s Pragmatic Sanction enabled his future daughter to succeed him, due to the lack of male heirs. Though he was always busy fighting, he apparently did it all to bring about peace. He had also unsuccessfully attempted to conquer Spain.

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Brook Taylor
(English Mathematician and Barrister)
Brook Taylor
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Died: December 29, 1731
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Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye
(French Canadian Military Officer and Explorer)
Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: December 5, 1749

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye was a French Canadian military officer and fur trader. Along with his four sons, he explored the area west of Lake Superior and established trading posts there. The family also helped in the process of adding Western Canada to the original New France territory.  He was awarded the Order of Saint Louis. 

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Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
(Author)
Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
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Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
Died: December 29, 1755
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Jean-Marc Nattier
(Painter)
Jean-Marc Nattier
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Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 1766
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Duncan Forbes of Culloden
(Lawyer)
Duncan Forbes of Culloden
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland
Died: December 11, 1747
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Marie Adélaïde of Savoy
(Consort)
Marie Adélaïde of Savoy
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Turin, Turin, Italy
Died: February 12, 1712
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Charles August, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
(Military personnel)
Charles August, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weilburg, Germany
Died: November 9, 1753
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Dominikus Zimmermann
(Architect)
Dominikus Zimmermann
1
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wessobrunn, Germany
Died: November 16, 1766
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Aaron Hill
(Poet, Playwright, Essayist)
Aaron Hill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1750

Dramatist Aaron Hill is best known for adapting Voltaire’s plays Zaïre and Mérope. Though his The Northern Star dedicated to Russian tsar Peter the Great was said to have won a gold medal, the medal didn’t reach him. Alexander Pope’s The Dunciad was a satirical attack on Hill’s works.

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George Hadley
(British Physicist and Meteorologist Who Conducted Extensive Research on Trade-Wind Currents)
George Hadley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 28, 1768

Though he was initially educated in law, George Hadley gained fame as a physicist and meteorologist. He is remembered for his extensive research on trade-wind currents and for devising a theory describing trade winds and the north-south circulation pattern, which is now known as the Hadley cell.

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Thomas Tickell
(Writer)
Thomas Tickell
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bridekirk, England
Died: April 23, 1740
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William Kent
(architect, painter, printmaker)
William Kent
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Bridlington
Died: April 12, 1748

William Kent was a British architect, painter, landscape architect, and furniture designer. After beginning his career as a court painter, Kent went on to establish himself as a prominent architect and introduced Palladian architecture to England. The gardens created by Kent at Chiswick House are one of the earliest models of the English garden. 

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Jared Eliot
(Physician)
Jared Eliot
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 7th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guilford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 22, 1763
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Ishida Baigan
(Philosopher)
Ishida Baigan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 12th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tanba Province, Japan
Died: October 29, 1744
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Charles Cressent
(Sculptor)
Charles Cressent
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Listed In: Sculptors
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
Died: January 10, 1768
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Setthathirath II
(King)
Setthathirath II
1
Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Đàng Ngoài
Died: 1735 AD