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G. C. Boase

revised by John D. Haigh

Oxlee, John (1779–1854), philologist and writer on theology, son of a well-to-do farmer in Yorkshire, was born at Guisborough in Cleveland, Yorkshire, on 25 September 1779, and educated at Sunderland. After working as a tailor for a short time he studied mathematics and Latin, taught classics at a school near ...


Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Scott, Daniel (1694–1759), theological writer and lexicographer, was born on 21 March 1694, the son of Daniel Scott, a London merchant, and his second wife, and the half-brother of Thomas Scott (d. 1746), Independent minister at Norwich, whose children included Joseph Nicol Scott...


Wotton, William (1666–1727), linguist and theologian, was born on 13 August 1666 at Wrentham, Suffolk, the second son of Henry Wotton (d. 1679), rector of Wrentham, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1679). William had an extraordinary memory and was a prodigious natural linguist who could read Latin, Greek, and Hebrew verses when aged five. He was educated by his father, who described these remarkable abilities in ...