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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Temple, William 1555-1626

William Temple gained an early and deserved fame as a tutor to King's College students of the then fashionable Ramist logic. In 1584 he had published his edition of Ramus' Dialectics with scholia and it became a popular test-book. He was master of the Grammar School at Lincoln. He became private secreatary to the famous Sir Philip Sidney. He was successively private secretary to two high officials, and in 1594 even to Essex, then the foremost man in England. Essex obtained for him in 1597 a Parliamentary seat for Tamworth. When Essex disgraced himself in an act of treason, Temple was saved by Sir Robert Cecil's favour but disappeared from public view until 1605 when he published "A Logical Analysis of Twenty Select Psalms. In 1609 he was appointed the fourth Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, in which post he served until his death on January 15, 1626.

An Epoch in Irish History: Trinity College, Dublin, Its Foundation and Early Fortunes, 1591-1660 (1906) by John Pentland Mahaffy (see Chapter 4 beginning on page 145 for the entry on Temple)
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Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 56 - 1898 (see page 40)

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