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Bartholomew Dodington

Bartholomew Dodington, Greek scholar, was buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey. His grave is no longer marked but the inscription was recorded by William Camden in his guide to the Abbey published in 1600. The Latin inscription can be translated:

To God, Best and Greatest, and in sacred memory. In the sure hope of resurrection here lies Bartholomew Dodington, nourished from boyhood on the finest arts; he held for twenty years with the greatest distinction the office of Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge; a man not only of excellent scholarship, but also of a most holy character, of singular integrity, and incomparable modesty. In his sixtieth year, year of salvation 1595, 22nd day of August, he rendered up his soul to God and left his friends to mourn his sad loss. Think not dead he who lives in Heaven.

He was born in Middlesex but his parents are unknown. He was a scholar at St John's College Cambridge. When Elizabeth I visited the city he made Greek and Latin orations for her. In 1571 he published an edition of Demosthenes by Nicholas Carr and contributed to other works. He spent his last years in a house in Westminster leased by his nephew and died aged 59. He was unmarried.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

His will is at The National Archives, Kew.


22nd August 1595


North Transept

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Bartholomew Dodington
North Transept

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