See also:English philologist, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 21st of
See also:November 1835, and educated at
See also:Highgate Grammar School, and Christ's College, Cambridge, of which he became a
See also:fellow in
See also:July i86o . In 1878 he was elected Ellington and
See also:Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge . He completed
See also:Mitchell Kemble's edition of the Anglo-Saxon Gospels, and did much other
See also:work both in Anglo-Saxon and in
See also:Gothic, but is perhaps most generally known for his labours in
See also:Middle English, and for his standard
See also:editions of
See also:Chaucer and Piers Plowman (see LANG-
See also:LAND) . As he himself generously declared, he was at first mainly guided in the study of Chaucer by
See also:Bradshaw, with whom he was to have participated in the edition of Chaucer planned in 187o by the University of
See also:Oxford, having declined in Bradshaw's favour an offer of the editorship made to himself . Bradshaw's perseverance was not equal to his
See also:genius, and the
See also:scheme came to . nothing for the
See also:time, but was eventually resumed and carried into effect by
See also:Skeat in an edition of six volumes (1894), a supplementary
See also:volume of Chaucerian Pieces being published in 1897 . He also issued an edition of Chaucer in one volume for general readers, and a
See also:separate edition of his
See also:Treatise on the Astrolabe, with a learned commentary . His edition of Piers Plowman in three parallel texts was published in 1886; and, besides the Treatise on the Astrolabe, he edited numerous books for the Early English Text Society, including the
See also:Bruce of
See also:Barbour, the romances of
See also:Havelock the Dane and
See also:William of Palerne, and ./Elfric's Lives of the
See also:Saints (4 vols.) . For the Scottish Text Society he edited The Kingis Quair, usually ascribed to
See also:James I. of Scotland, and he published an edition (2 vols., 1871) of
See also:Chatterton, with an investigation of the
See also:sources of the obsolete words employed by him . In pure
See also:philology Skeat's
See also:principal achievement is his Etymological English
See also:Dictionary (4 parts, 1879–1882; rev. and enlarged, 191o), the most important of all his
See also:works, which must be considered in connexion with the numerous publications of the English Dialect Society, in all of which, even when not edited by himself, he had a
See also:hand as the founder of the society and afterwards its
See also:president . His other works include: Specimens of English from 1394 to 1597 (1871); Specimens of Early English from 1298 to 1393 (1872), in conjunction with R .
See also:Morris; Principles of English Etymology (2 series, 1887 and 1891); A Concise Dictionary of Middle English (1888), in conjunction with A . L .
Mayhew; A Student's Pastime (1896), a volume of essays; The Chaucer
See also:Canon (1900); A Primer of Classical and English Philology (1905), &c., &c .
SKATING (Dutch schaats, a skate)
SIR WILLIAM SKEFFINGTON (c. 1465-1535)
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