May 1715 in history

Born in May 1715

May 4 Richard Graves an English minister, poet, and novelist.
May 4 Hieronim Florian Radziwiłł a Polish-Lithuanian szlachcic.
May 11 Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach the fourth child of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach to reach adulthood. Born in Weimar, he attended the Thomasschule in Leipzig, his father providing for his musical formation. In contrast to his elder brothers Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel he did not get the opportunity to study at the university after finishing school. Instead, he competed for a post as musician
May 11 Ignazio Fiorillo an Italian composer. He is known as an author of opera seria, often composed to the libretti of Pietro Metastasio
May 22 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis a French cardinal and statesman. He was the sixth member elected to occupy seat 3 of the Académie française in 1744

Died in May 1715

May 8 Marie Mancini the third of the five Mancini sisters; nieces to Cardinal Mazarin who were brought to France to marry advantageously. Along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, the Mancini sisters were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes
May 19 Charles Montagu 1st Earl of Halifax an English poet and statesman.
May 21 Pierre Magnol a French botanist. He was born in the city of Montpellier, where he lived and worked for the biggest part of his life. He eventually became Professor of Botany and Director of the Royal Botanic Garden of Montpellier and even held a seat in the Académie Royale des Sciences de Paris for a short while. Magnol is of lasting importance because he was one of the innovators of the current botanical scheme of classification. He was the first to publish the concept of plant families as we know them, a natural classification, in which groups of plants with associated common features were described