JOHN LEMPRIèRE (c. 1765,
* 1 Life
* 2 Publications
* 2.1 Posthumous publications
* 3 Lemprière in fiction * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Sources * 7 External links
He received his early education at
Lemprière may have been influenced by another Pembroke man, the
In 1787, he was invited by Valpy to be assistant headmaster at
Reading Grammar School , and in 1789, to the great pride of his
father, he preached in
Lemprière held a schoolmaster 's post at Bolton Grammar School in
1791 and was a curate at
He neglected at this time both his clerical as well as his scholarly duties, so that in 1799 he was deprived of his benefice . Falling numbers in the school led to his downfall. In desperation, he even devised a shady scheme under which he guaranteed scholarships at his own old College, Pembroke, for a fee of twenty guineas.
In 1809 he succeeded to the headmastership of Exeter Free Grammar
School and held this post until 1819. On retiring from this school,
following a disagreement with the trustees, he received the living of
Two of his sons were also Rectors of Meeth: Francis Drocus Lemprière (born 1794) and Everard Lemprière (born 1800). His daughter Caroline, who died at the age of twenty-seven, was the first wife of John Bathurst Deane .
* "Bibliotheca Classica" or "Classical Dictionary containing a full Account of all the Proper Names mentioned in Ancient Authors", (Reading,1788) * "Sermon preché dans le Temple de la Paroisse de St. Helier, à Jersey, le deuxième d'Août." (1789) * "A Sermon preached at the opening of St. Peter's Chapel, Swinton, in the parish of Eccles, Lancashire, on Sunday, April 10, 1791." * "Herodotus" (a translation, Book 1 only), (1792) (References in: The Histories by Herodotus. G. C. Macaulay (1890) Reprint: Barnes and Noble, 2004) * "Universal Biography of Eminent Persons in all Ages and Countries", (London, 1808)
* Bibliotheca classica: or, A classical dictionary: containing a copious account of the principal proper names mentioned in ancient authors; with the value of coins, weights, and measures, used among the Greeks and Romans; and a chronological table, Volume 2 (1833)
LEMPRIèRE IN FICTION
The 1991 prize-winning novel Lemprière's Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk has as its background Lemprière's writing of his dictionary, as well as the places the Lemprière family came from. The main character is John Lemprière, author of the Classical Dictionary, and also his father, Charles Lemprière. The rest of the story is fiction.
It is possible that the poet Tony Harrison makes reference to Lemprière in his poem "A Kumquat for John Keats" in the line "Flora asphyxiated by foul air / unknown to Keats or Lemprière" – as he would have been a contemporary of John Keats.
The character Mr. Scogan expresses his admiration for Lemprière's
work as a biographer and lexicographer in
In Gilbert and Sullivan's first joint operetta
In Virginia Woolf's Between The Acts, there is a reference to Lempriere to help find the origin of "Touch wood."
* ^ from: Facsimile Edition of 1865, Bracken Bros., London: 1984 * ^ A B Chisholm 1911 .
* A Dictionary of Universal Biography of All Ages and of All Peoples, Albert M. Hyamson , 1916. * Pedigree of Lemprière, of S. Trinity * This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lemprière, John". Encyclopædia Britannica . 16 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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