Famous as an economist and demographer, Thomas Robert Malthus was also curate at Okewood Church in the late 18th Century. It was during his time in Okewood that he wrote his most famous work, An Essay on the Principle of Population, first published anonymously in 1798. The views expressed in the essay later became known as Malthusianism.

Thomas Robert Malthus was born in the Rookery, at Wotton, near Dorking in February 1766 and died on December 29th, 1834 near Bath.

Thomas’s family were aquianted with William Bray, co-author of ‘The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey’ and Surrey History Centre holds various collections of papers relating to the Malthus family. Click here to find out more about these collections.