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Walter Moyle

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Walter Moyle was born in the parish of St Germans, Cornwall on 3 November 1672 and died there on 10 June 1721. He was educated at Liskeard Grammar School and Exeter College, Oxford. Moyle left University without taking a degree but with great familiarity with Greek and Roman literature. He entered the Middle Temple in 1691, and studied constitutional law and history. He spent much of his spare time in the literary circles which met at Maynwaring's, the Grecian and Will's coffee-houses. He was admired by many of the most important literary figures of the day, including William Wycherley, William Congreve, John Dennis and John Dryden. Dryden, in particular, praised Moyle's classical learning, literary theories, his translations of Lucian and his informed judgement in ‘all the studies of humanity’. Moyle's accomplishments extended still further: he was a noted West Country ornithologist and botanist.

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