Robert Scott (philologist)

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Robert Scott (26 January 1811 – 2 December 1887) was an English academic philologist, clergyman, and a Fellow (later Master) of Balliol College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1835, and held the college living of Duloe, Cornwall, from 1845 to 1850. He was prebendary of Exeter Cathedral, 1845 to 1866, and rector of South Luffenham, Rutland, from 1850 until 1854 when he was elected Master of Balliol. He served as Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at Oxford from 1861 to 1870, and as Dean of Rochester from 1870 until his death in 1887.

He is best known as the co-editor (with his colleague Henry George Liddell) of A Greek-English Lexicon, the standard dictionary of the classical Greek language. According to the 1925 edition of the Lexicon, the project was originally proposed to Scott by the London bookseller and publisher David Alphonso Talboys; it was published by the Oxford University Press.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Jenkyns
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
1845–1870
Succeeded by
Benjamin Jowett