James Leigh Strachan-Davidson

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Portrait, oil on canvas, of James Leigh Strachan-Davidson (1843–1916) by Sir George Reid (1841–1913).

James Leigh Strachan-Davidson (born Strachan) (22 October 1843 – 28 March 1916) was an English classical scholar, born at Byfleet, Surrey, southern England.[1]

Strachan-Davidson was educated at Leamington College and at Balliol College, Oxford, and from 1907 was Master of Balliol.[2] He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the universities of St Andrews and Glasgow. His publications include an edition of Selections from Polybius (1888); of Appian, Civil Wars, Book I (1902); Cicero and the Fall of the Roman Republic (1894); Problems of the Roman Criminal Law (two volumes, 1914, available online: Volume 1 and Volume 2.


  1. ^ Mackail, J. W. (1925). James Leigh Strachan-Davidson Master of Balliol: a Memoir. Oxford University Press. p. 10. 
  2. ^ Salter, H. E.; Lobel, Mary D., eds. (1954). "Balliol College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 82–95. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
Edward Caird
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Arthur Lionel Smith