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Camden Professor of Ancient History

Elmsley, Peter, 1774-1825

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  • 1774-1825

ELMSLEY, PETER, son of Alexander Elmsley, St. Clement’s Danes, Westminster, and nephew of Peter Elmsley, bookseller, The Strand; b. 5 Feb 1774; adm. 5 Jun 1788; Christ Church, Oxford, matr. 28 Jan 1791; BA 1794; MA 1797; BD and DD 1823; ordained; Vicar of Little Horkesley, Essex, from 1798; Select Preacher, Oxford Univ., 1815, 1818, 1820; Camden Professor of Ancient History, Oxford, from 1823; Principal of St. Alban Hall, Oxford, from 1823; FRS 10 Feb 1814; a contributor to the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews; one of the ablest Greek scholars of his day, and best known for his critical labours on Sophocles and Euripides; d. 8 Mar 1825. A monument to his memory was erected in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, by his friend and schoolfellow Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn (adm. 1784, qv). DNB.