Cyriack Skinner
Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: 1627
Date of Death: 1700
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Author of Non-Fiction, Lawyer, Secretaries
Fictional Appearances:
A Different Flesh
POD: C. 2.5-1.3 million years ago;
Relevant POD: c. 1492
Appearance(s): "And So To Bed"
Type of Appearance: Direct

Cyriack Skinner (1627-1700) was an English attorney who lived during the 17th century. He was a close friend of John Milton, who addressed two sonnets to Skinner. Evidence suggests that Skinner was the author of the anonymously published The Life of Mr. John Milton. He was an occasional chairman of the Rota Club, an informal group founded by John Harrington, an opponent of Milton's. Skinner in all probability kept Milton aware of the Club's debates.

Cyriack Skinner in A Different Flesh[]

Cyriack Skinner was a member of the Rota Club. During a dinner at which Samuel Pepys was present on May 10, 1661, Skinner insisted that sims had been created by the Devil. This idea was refuted by Dr. William Croon on the grounds that it resembled the heresy of the Manichees.[1]


  1. See e.g. Kaleidoscope, pg. 5, mpp.