Maurice Johnson was born at Ayscoughfee, Lincolnshire on 19 June 1688 and died in Spalding on 6 February 1755. He is best known as the founder of the Gentlemen's Society of Spalding, sometimes called ‘The Spalding Society’. The son of a barrister of Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding, Maurice was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1705 and called to the Bar in 1710. His main interests, however, were antiquarian and he was a member of a group that met at Button's Coffee House and other coffee houses near the Temple to discuss the early history of Britain. Other members of this group were Browne Willis, Roger amd Samuel Gale, William Stukeley and Thomas Rhymer. He was a friend of the poet and dramatist John Gay, Joseph Addison, Alexander Pope and Richard Steele.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.