See also:British lexicographer, was
See also:born at Denholm, near
See also:Roxburghshire, and after a
See also:local elementary
See also:education proceeded to
See also:Edinburgh, and thence to the university of
See also:London, where he graduated B.A. in 1873 .
See also:Murray, who received honorary degrees from several
See also:universities, both British and
See also:foreign, was engaged in scholastic
See also:work for
See also:thirty years, from 1855 to 1885, chiefly at Hawick and
See also:Hill . Daring this
See also:time his reputation as a philologist was increasing, and he was assistant examiner in
See also:English at the University of London from 1875 to 1879 and
See also:president of the Philological Society of London from 1878 to 188o, and again from 1882 to 1884 . It was in connexion with this society that he undertook the chief work of his
See also:life, the editing of the New English
See also:Dictionary, based on materials collected by the society . These materials, which had accumulated since 1857, when the society first projected the publication of a dictionary on philological principles, amounted to an enormous quantity, of which an idea may be formed from the fact that Dr FurnivalI sent in " some ton and three-quarters of materials which had accumulated under his roof." After negotiations extending over a considerable
See also:period, the contracts between the society, the delegates of the
See also:Press, and the editor, were signed on the 1st of
See also:March 1879, and Murray began the examination and arrangement of the raw material, and the still more troublesome work of re-animating and maintaining the
See also:enthusiasm of " readers." In 1885 he removed from Mill Hill to
See also:Oxford, where his Scriptorium came to
See also:rank among the institutions of the University city . The first
See also:volume of the dictionary was printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 1888 . A full account of its beginning and the manner of working up the materials will be found in Murray 's presidential address to the Philological Society in 1879, while reports of its progress are given in the addresses by himself and other presidents in subsequent years . In addition to his work as a philologist, Murray was a frequent contributor to the transactions of the various antiquarian and archaeological
See also:societies of which he is a member; and he wrote the article on the English language for this
See also:Encyclopaedia . In 1885 he received the honorary degree of M.A. from Balliol
See also:College; he was an
See also:fellow of the British Academy, and in 1908 he was knighted .
LORD GEORGE MURRAY (1694–1760)
SIR JOHN MURRAY (1841– )
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