Shropshire History

Francis Moore


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Francis Moore was born at Bridgnorth in 1657. He came from a poor family and was self-educated, learning to read by himself. Nothing is known of his early life but he became a famous astrologer, serving at the court of King Charles II. In 1697, he published a book called Vox Stellarum (Voice of the Stars) that containing astrological observations and weather forecasts. This was followed by a further edition in 1700 that also had predictions for the future. It was then published annually and became known as Old Moore’s Almanac.  It was a bestseller throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, selling as many as 107,000 copies in 1768 alone.



The almanac is still published annually by W. Foulsham & Co Limited, giving predictions of world and sporting events, as well as more conventional data such as tide tables. It also claims to have predicted the September 11th attacks on New York. Moore died in 1715.