Samuel Norton (1548–1621)
was an English country gentleman and alchemist.
from Samuel Norton,AlchymiÃ¦
The son of Sir George Norton of Abbots
Leigh in Somerset,
he was great-grandson of Thomas
Norton, author of the Ordinal
of Alchemy. He studied for some time at St
John's College, Cambridge, but records show no
the death of his father, in 1584, he succeeded to
the estates. Early in 1585 he was in the commission
of the peace for the county, but apparently suffered
removal; he was reappointed in October 1589, on the
recommendation of Thomas
of Bath and Wells .
He was sheriff
of Somerset in
1589, and was appointed muster master of Somerset
and Wiltshire on 30 June 1604.
Norton was the author of alchemical tracts; they
were edited and published in Latin by Edmund
Deane, at Frankfurt in 1630. The titles were:
Physicorum, seu modus conficiendi Tincturam
Physicam et Alchymicam.
Vitriolata, in Elixer conversa.
- Elixer, seu
Medicina Vitæ seu modus conficiendi verum Aurum
et Argentum Potabile.
Metamorphosis Lapidum ignobilium in Gemmas
Saturatus Dissolutus et Cœlo restitutus, seu
modus componendi Lapidem Philosophicum tam album
quam rubeum e plumbo.
Complementum et Perfectio.
de Antiquorum Scriptorum Considerationibus in
A German translation of the treatises was published
in Nuremberg in 1667, in Dreyfaches
Norton's works circulated earlier; from John Robson,
Napier, to Elias
of the work in manuscript, brought together before
Deane edited his volume
under the title of Ramorum
Arboris Philosophicalis Libri tres, are in the British
MS. 3667, ff. 17–21, 24–28, and 31–90), and the Bodleian
MS. 1478, vi. ff. 42–104). Norton was occupied on
the work in 1598 and 1599.
Among the Ashmolean MSS.
is a work by Norton entitled The
Key of Alchimie, written in 1578, when he was at
St John's College, and it is dedicated to Elizabeth
I; an abridgement is in the Ashmolean MS. In 1574
Norton translated George
Ripley's Bosome Booke into