Biography of Gilbert White

Gilbert White

Gilbert White was a cleric noted for his “Natural History of Selbourne”.

When and Where was he Born?

18th July 1720, Selbourne, Hampshire, England.

Family Background:

Gilbert White was the eldest Son of John White and Anne daughter of Thomas Holt, Rector of Streatham in Surrey.


Basingstoke School. Oriel College, Oxford.

Timeline of Gilbert White:

1744: White was elected a Fellow of Oriel College.

1747: He took holy orders.

1752: Gilbert White admitted as one of the Senior Proctors of the University.

1758: His life was secured when he obtained the sinecure from a college living at Moreton Pinkney in Northamptonshire.

1769: His “Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne”, a work recording the natural world in his parish was largely complete but it was not to be published for another twenty years, with the addition of letters about local and antiquarian affairs.

1793: Dies.

Written Works:

1789: “Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne”.

When and Where did he Die?

26th June 1793, Selbourne, Hampshire, England.

Age at Death:



Never Married.

Site of Grave:

St. Mary’s Churchyard, Selbourne, Hampshire.

Places of Interest:


The Wakes House and White Museum, Selborne. (White designed the garden).
St. Mary’s Church has a stained glass window in his memory.