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Sir Thomas Urquhart

(1611—1660) author and translator


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(1611–60),

followed Prince Charles to Worcester, where many of his manuscripts were lost, was imprisoned 1651–2, and died abroad. His best‐known work is a translation of the first three books of Rabelais, the first two 1653, the third 1693(completed by Motteux). He wrote a number of curious treatises on mathematics, linguistics, etc.; among them is Ekskubalauron (1651, known as ‘The Jewel’), which contains in his ‘Vindication of the Honour of Scotland’ the story of the ‘Admirable’ Crichton.

Subjects: Literature.


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