The Reverend Richard Dawes

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The Reverence Richard Dawes, headmaster of Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, was included in a section about eminent men of Newcastle upon Tyne in a book published in 1855.

In 1855, William Whellan & Co published the History, topography, and directory of Northumberland, comprising a general survey of the county, and a history of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with separate historical, statistical, and descriptive sketches of the boroughs of Gateshead and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and all the towns … wards, and manors. To which is subjoined a list of the seats of the nobility and gentry.

On page 222, in a section about the eminent men of Newcastle upon Tyne, there was some information about the Rev. Richard Dawes.

The Rev. Richard Dawes. — This distinguished scholar and critic, was born at Stapleton, in Leicestershire, and entered Emanuel College, in the University of Cambridge, in 1725.

He obtained the degree of M.A. in 1733, and in 1738 was appointed head master of the Royal Grammar School, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

He was appointed master of the Hospital of St. Mary the Virgin, in the same year.

While occupying these offices, he was indefatigable in prosecuting his inquiries into the nature, peculiarities, and structure of the Greek tongue, and accordingly he published his “Miscellanea Critica.”

By this work he obtained a very high position among those who have contributed to the promotion of Greek learning in England.

He died at Heworth Shore, on the 2lst of March, 1766, aged 57 years.

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