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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 ...