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SIR GEORGE WILLIAM COX (1827-1902)

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 352 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR GEORGE WILLIAM COX (1827-1902), English divine and scholar, was born on the loth of January 1827, at Benares, India, and was educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Oxford. In 185o he was ordained, and in 186o took a mastership at Cheltenham College, which he held for only a year. He had already contributed to the Edinburgh Review, and had published in 185o Poems, Legendary and Historical (with E. A. Freeman), and in 1853 a Life of St Bonif ace. From r861 he devoted himself entirely to literary work, chiefly in connexion with history and comparative mythology. Many of his works were avowedly popular in character, and the most important, the History of Greece, has been superseded and is now of little value. His studies in mythology were inspired by Max Muller, but his treatment of the subjects was his own. He was an extreme supporter of the solar and nebular theory as the explanation of myths. He also edited (with W. T. Brande) A Dictionary of Science, Literature and Art (1875). Sir George Cox (who succeeded to the baronetcy in 1877 ) was a Broad Churchman, and a prominenf'supporter of Bishop Colenso in 1863-1865; and five years after Colenso's death he published (1888) his Life of the bishop. He was himself nominated to the see of Natal, but was refused consecration. In 1881 he was made vicar of Scrayingham, York, but resigned the living in 1897. In 1896 he was given a civil list pension. He died at Walmer on the 9th of February 1902.
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