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Frederick Apthorp Paley

(1815—1888) classical scholar and writer


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Frederick Apthorpe Paley was born in Easingwold, near York on 14 January 1815 and died in Bournemouth, where he had moved for the sake of his health in 1881, on 9 December 1888. His father was rector at Easingwold and his grandfather was William Paley. He was educated at Shrewsbury and entered St John's College, Cambridge as a Sizar in 1833 (Scholar 1836, BA 1838, MA 1842). Having classical but not mathematical ability, he was unable to take honours. He resided in college from 1838 to 1846 studying classics and ecclesiastical architecture, and was an original member of the Cambridge Camden Society and was heavily influenced by the Oxford movement. In 1846 he was suspected of encouraging one of his pupils to become a Roman Catholic and was ordered out of college. He himself became a Roman Catholic in 1846 and found himself jobs as private tutor in a sequence of old Catholic families. Partial removal of religious disability meant that he could return to Cambridge in 1860, where he established himself as a classical tutor. He remained until Cardinal Manning appointed him Professor of Classical Literature at the short-lived (1874–7) Catholic University at Kensington. He was twice married.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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