Edmund Law Lushington

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Edmund Law Lushington
Edmund Law Lushington.jpg
ca 1870
Born (1811-01-10)10 January 1811
Died 13 July 1893(1893-07-13) (aged 82)
Nationality British
Occupation Professor of Greek

Edmund Law Lushington (10 January 1811 – 13 July 1893) was a classical scholar, a Professor of Greek, and Rector of the University of Glasgow.[1]


Edmund Law Lushington was born on 10 January 1811 in Singleton,Lancashire England. He was the son of Edmund Henry Lushington (Bencher of the Inner Temple, Puisne Judge in Ceylon, Chairman and Chief Commissioner of the Colonial Audit Board, Master of the Crown Office) and Sophia Phillips. Lushington was educated at Charterhouse and as a Greek scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge,[2] where he became a close friend of Alfred Lord Tennyson in the late 1820s.

A Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, Lushington went on to become a Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow (1837–74), where he was also later elected Lord Rector (1884–87).[3]

He died at Park House, Maidstone, on 13 July 1893. [3]


On 14 October 1842, he married Cecilia Tennyson, daughter of Reverend George Clayton Tennyson, and younger sister of Alfred Lord Tennyson, in Boxley, Kent, England. To mark the occasion Tennyson wrote as an epilogue to his poem In Memoriam (1850), an epithalamium (nuptial poem) on Cecilia and Edmund's marriage.[3] Lushingston remained one of Tennyson's closest lifelong friends, as well as being his brother-in-law.

He had four children: Edmund ("Eddy"), Cecilia ("Zilly"), Emily ("Emmy"), and Lucy. Edward Lear made many gifts to the Lushington children included an album containing drawings of birds, animals and landscapes, which he presented to Zilly on her tenth birthday in 1855.


  1. ^ Edmund Law Lushington (note: multiple tab page) University of Glasgow
  2. ^ "Lushington, Edmund Law (LSNN826EL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b c Payne 1901.


 Bayne, Thomas Wilson (1901). "Lushington, Edmund Law". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Fawcett
Rector of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Earl of Lytton