Millennium:2nd millennium
  • 1620s
  • 1630s
  • 1640s
  • 1650s
  • 1660s
  • 1644
  • 1645
  • 1646
  • 1647
  • 1648
  • 1649
  • 1650
1647 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1647
Ab urbe condita2400
Armenian calendar1096
Assyrian calendar6397
Balinese saka calendar1568–1569
Bengali calendar1054
Berber calendar2597
English Regnal year22 Cha. 1 – 23 Cha. 1
Buddhist calendar2191
Burmese calendar1009
Byzantine calendar7155–7156
Chinese calendar丙戌(Fire Dog)
4343 or 4283
    — to —
丁亥年 (Fire Pig)
4344 or 4284
Coptic calendar1363–1364
Discordian calendar2813
Ethiopian calendar1639–1640
Hebrew calendar5407–5408
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1703–1704
 - Shaka Samvat1568–1569
 - Kali Yuga4747–4748
Holocene calendar11647
Igbo calendar647–648
Iranian calendar1025–1026
Islamic calendar1056–1057
Japanese calendarShōhō 4
Javanese calendar1568–1569
Julian calendarGregorian minus 10 days
Korean calendar3980
Minguo calendar265 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar179
Thai solar calendar2189–2190
Tibetan calendar阳火狗年
(male Fire-Dog)
1773 or 1392 or 620
    — to —
(female Fire-Pig)
1774 or 1393 or 621
November 13: Battle of Knocknanuss

1647 (MDCXLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar, the 1647th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 647th year of the 2nd millennium, the 47th year of the 17th century, and the 8th year of the 1640s decade. As of the start of 1647, the Gregorian calendar was 10 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.




Date unknown

  • England's Puritan rulers ban Christmas.
  • Johann von Werth tries to take his troops over the Austrian border, but they refuse.
  • Aberystwyth Castle is razed to the ground, by Parliamentarian troops.
  • The word Geysir is first used in Iceland, by Bishop Sveinson.[4]
  • Dutch artist Salomon van Ruysdael completes the oil painting, The Crossing at Nijmegen (70 × 89 cm).[5]


Philipp Reinhard Vitriarius
John de Brito
Matthijs Naiveu
Joseph Dudley


  • January 2Nathaniel Bacon, Virginia colonist, rebel (d. 1676)
  • January 6
    • Christian William I, Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen (1666–1720) (d. 1721)
    • William Wall, English theologian (d. 1728)
  • January 7Wilhelm Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (d. 1677)
  • February 11Elisabeth Charlotte of Anhalt-Harzgerode, by marriage Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön-Norburg (d. 1723)
  • February 17
    • William Hay, Scottish clergyman and prelate (d. 1707)
    • Philipp Reinhard Vitriarius, German lawyer (d. 1720)
  • February 18Denis-Nicolas Le Nourry, French Benedictine scholar (d. 1724)
  • March 1John de Brito, Portuguese Jesuit missionary and martyr (d. 1693)
  • March 12Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French soldier and general (d. 1727)
  • March 17Johann Wolfgang Jäger, German theologian (d. 1720)
  • March 19Anna Elisabeth of Anhalt-Bernburg, duchess consort of Württemberg-Bernstadt (d. 1680)
  • March 20Jean de Hautefeuille, French cleric, scientist (d. 1724)


  • April 1John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet and courtier of King Charles II's Restoration court (d. 1680)[6]
  • April 2Maria Sibylla Merian, German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator (d. 1717)
  • April 3Sir Thomas Littleton, 3rd Baronet, English statesman (d. 1709)
  • April 16Matthijs Naiveu, Dutch painter (d. 1726)
  • April 18Elias Brenner, Finnish artist (d. 1717)
  • April 26William Ashhurst, Lord Mayor of London (1693–1694) (d. 1720)
  • May 20Basilius Petritz, German composer and Kreuzkirche (d. 1715)
  • June 3Johanna Walpurgis of Leiningen-Westerburg, German noblewoman, by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Weissenfels (d. 1687)
  • June 17James Kendall, English soldier, politician (d. 1708)
  • June 19Miles Gale, English antiquarian (d. 1721)
  • June 20John George III, Elector of Saxony (d. 1691)
  • June 22Ivan Ratkaj, Croatian Jesuit missionary and explorer (d. 1683)


  • July 2Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English privy councillor (d. 1730)
  • July 8Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond, member of the Court of the Restoration, famous for refusing to become a mistress of Charles II of England (d. 1702)
  • July 22Margaret Mary Alacoque, French Catholic nun, mystic and saint (d. 1690)
  • July 23Luise Marie of the Palatinate, German princess (d. 1679)
  • July 29Carl Piper, Swedish politician (d. 1716)
  • August 4Giovanni II Cornaro, Venetian nobleman and statesman (d. 1722)
  • August 12
    • Johann Heinrich Acker, German writer (d. 1719)
    • Eberhard Werner Happel, German author (d. 1690)
  • August 22Denis Papin, French inventor (d. 1713)
  • August 28Erik Carlsson Sjöblad, Swedish governor, admiral, and baron (d. 1725)
  • August 31Mary Scott, 3rd Countess of Buccleuch, young Scottish peeress (d. 1661)
  • September 1Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark, daughter of King Frederick III of Denmark (d. 1717)
  • September 4Gerhard Noodt, Dutch jurist (d. 1725)
  • September 23
    • Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1720)
    • Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach from 1677 until his death (d. 1709)


  • October 3Johannes Voet, Dutch legal scholar (d. 1713)
  • November 11
    • Johann Wilhelm Baier, German theologian (d. 1695)
    • Johannes Voorhout, Dutch painter (d. 1723)
  • November 18Pierre Bayle, French philosopher (d. 1706)[7]
  • November 20Huchtenburg, Dutch painter (d. 1733)
  • November 26Marie Hedwig of Hesse-Darmstadt, Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen (1671–1680) (d. 1680)
  • November 27Badr-un-Nissa, daughter of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and Nawab Bai (d. 1670)
  • November 28Constantin Marselis, Danish baron (d. 1699)
  • December 4Daniel Eberlin, German composer (d. 1715)
  • December 7
    • Giovanni Ceva, Italian mathematician (d. 1734)
    • Francesco del Giudice, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1725)
  • December 11
    • Jacob Johan Hastfer, Swedish officer, governor of Livonia (d. 1695)
    • David van der Plas, Dutch painter (d. 1704)
  • December 22Nicholas Noyes, Massachusetts colonial minister, during the time of the Salem witch trials (d. 1717)
  • December 30Jean Martianay, French Benedictine scholar (d. 1717)

Date unknown

  • Henry Aldrich, English theologian and philosopher (d. 1710)
  • Constantine Phaulkon, Greek adventurer (d. 1688)
  • Elisabeth Hevelius, Polish astronomer (d. 1693)


P.C. Hooft
Nicholas Stone


  1. ^ The Work of the Westminster Assembly John Murray, (The Presbyterian Guardian 1942)
  2. ^ History of the Great Civil War vol. iii, S.R. Gardiner (London 1889)
  3. ^ Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Scotland 1644–1651, David Stevenson (Newton Abbott 1977)
  4. ^ John Seach. "Geysir Volcano, Iceland". volcanolive.com. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Art Renewal Center :: Salomon van Ruysdael :: The Crossing at Nijmegen". artrenewal.org. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Jay, Betty (2000). Anne Bronte. Devon: Northcote House Pub. p. 9. ISBN 9780746308882.
  7. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bayle, Pierre" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 557.
  8. ^ Montias, John (2002). Art at auction in 17th century Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. p. 217. ISBN 9789053565919.
  9. ^ "Encyclopedia Briticanna". Encyclopedia Britannica. July 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Timbs, John (1868). Wonderful Inventions: From the Mariner's Compass to the Electric Telegraph Cable. London: George Routledge and Sons. p. 41. ISBN 978-1172827800.

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, purported to be Massachusetts and New Hampshire colonial governor Joseph Dudley
Philipp Reinhard Vitriarius (1647-1720) German lawyer
Nicholas Stone.jpg
Author/Creator: unknown, Licence: PD

Nicholas Stone Snr and Nicholas Stone Jnr by Thomas Chambers (Chambars), after an unknown artist

Jean de Brito (1647-1693) 2.jpg
Juande Britto, Jesuit missionnay and pandarasamy in South India (XVIIth century. A traditional picture