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Thomas Kingsmill Abbott

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Thomas Kingsmill Abbott
In The Sketch, 18 December 1895
Born(1829-03-26)26 March 1829
Dublin, Ireland
Died18 December 1913(1913-12-18) (aged 84)
Killiney, Ireland
EducationTrinity College, Dublin
Occupation(s)Scholar, educator, clergyman
Caroline Kingsmill
(m. 1859)

Reverend Thomas Kingsmill Abbott (26 March 1829 – 18 December 1913) was an Irish scholar and educator.


Abbott was born in Dublin and was educated at Trinity College. He was elected a scholar in 1848, graduated in 1851 as a senior moderator in mathematics and was made a fellow of the college in 1854.[1] He obtained an M.A. and a D.Litt. (1891) from Trinity, and was ordained a minister in the Church of Ireland.

In 1852 he solved a geometrical problem posed by J. J. Sylvester.[2]

He occupied the chair of moral philosophy (1867–72), of biblical Greek (1875–88), and of Hebrew (1879–1900).[3][4] In 1887 he was elected librarian in Trinity and, in 1900, completed catalogues of the library's manuscript holdings.[5] He became a senior fellow in 1897. He was one of a group of Irish scholars, including J. P. Mahaffy, who made significant contributions to the dissemination and study of the works of Immanuel Kant. His translation of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason remained the standard English version of the text well into the 20th century.[6]

In June 1901, he received an honorary doctorate in Divinity from the University of Glasgow.[7]

In 1859 he married Caroline Kingsmill, eldest daughter of the penologist Rev. Joseph Kingsmill.

He died in Killiney in Dublin on 18 December 1913.[8][9]

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  1. ^ Dublin University Calendar, A Special Supplemental Volume for the year 1906-7. Vol. III. Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, and Co. Ltd. 1907.
  2. ^ On a geometrical Problem noticed by Mr. Sylvester. The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Vol. V.–Fourth Series, January–June, 1853, p. 286
  3. ^ "Alumni Dublinenses: a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860 George Dames Burtchaell/Thomas Ulick Sadleir p1: Dublin, Alex Thom and Co, 1935
  4. ^ Webb, D.A. (1992). J.R., Barlett (ed.). Trinity College Dublin Record Volume 1991. Dublin: Trinity College Dublin Press. ISBN 1-871408-07-5.
  5. ^ Catalogues – Manuscripts & Archives
  6. ^ A History of Irish Thought
  7. ^ "Glasgow University Jubilee". The Times. No. 36481. 14 June 1901. p. 10. Retrieved 5 September 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Rev. T. K. Abbott Dies". The Weekly Pantagraph. Dublin, Ireland. 19 December 1913. p. 1. Retrieved 5 September 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Dr. T. K. Abbott Dead" (PDF). The New York Times. London (published 19 December 1913). 18 December 1913. p. 11. Retrieved 5 September 2023.


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