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ROBERT SCOTT (1811-1887)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 469 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROBERT SCOTT (1811-1887), English divine and lexicographer, was born on the 26th of January 1811, at Bondleigh in Devonshire, where his father was rector. Educated at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, after a brilliant university career he was elected fellow of Balliol, where he was tutor from 1835 to 1840. After holding successively the college livings of Duloe and South Luffenham, in 1854 he was elected master of Balliol. This office he held, together (from 1861) with that of the professorship of the exegesis of Holy Scriptures, down to 187o, when he accepted the deanery of Rochester. As master of Balliol he kept the college up to the high level it had attained under his predecessor Dr Jenkyns. As a Greek scholar, he had few equals among his contemporaries. His great literary achievement, which may be said to constitute his life's work, was his collaboration with Dean Liddell in the Greek lexicon which bears their names. He died at Rochester on the 2nd of December 1887.
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