John Arbuthnot

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John Arbuthnot

John Arbuthnot (or Dr Arbuthnot; 1667 – 1735) was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath, best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the Scriblerus Club (where he inspired both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathos, Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus, and possibly The Dunciad), and for inventing the figure of John Bull.


  • All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
    • Quoted in Garnett, Richard (1888) [1888]. "Chapter 7". Life of Emerson. 

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