Ray [formerly Wray], John
- Scott Mandelbrote
Ray [formerly Wray], John (1627–1705), naturalist and theologian, was born at Black Notley, near Braintree, Essex, on 29 November 1627, the third child of Roger Wray (bap. 1594, d. 1655), a blacksmith, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1600–1679), who was noted for her piety and her knowledge of medicinal herbs. Until 1670 he spelled his surname with an initial W, which he dropped in order to facilitate the Latinizing of his name....