English divine and lexicographer
Born 1811 Died 1887
Robert Scott was born on the 26th of January 1811, at Bondleigh in Devonshire, where his father was rector. Educated at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, after a brilliant university career he was elected fellow of Balliol, where he was tutor from 1835 to 1840. After holding successively the college livings of Duloe and South Luffenham, in 1854 he was elected master of Balliol. This office he held, together (from 1861) with that of the professorship of the exegesis of Holy Scriptures, down to 1870, when he accepted the deanery of Rochester. As master of Balliol he kept the college up to the high level it had attained under his predecessor Dr Jenkyns. As a Greek scholar, he had few equals among his contemporaries. His great literary achievement, which may be said to constitute his lifes work, was his collaboration with Dean Liddell in the Greek lexicon which bears their names. He died at Rochester on the 2nd of December 1887.
Being the entry for SCOTT, ROBERT in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the text of which lies within the public domain.