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William Owen Pughe

(1759—1835) antiquary and lexicographer


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(1759–1835), lexicographer and grammarian. At the beginning of the nineteenth century Pughe's knowledge of early and medieval texts was unrivalled and his major publications established his name as an assiduous and prolific lexicographer, grammarian, and editor. His colleagues considered him the outstanding authority on Welsh language [40] and antiquarianism [35] and only of late have scholars exposed in full the calamitous effects of his idiosyncratic orthography on the Welsh cultural revival.

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From An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).


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