Lettsom, William Nanson

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Lettsom, William Nanson Gender: M
born on 4 February 1796 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Pinner, England, 51n36, 0w23
Timezone LMT m0w23 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 15°47' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 28°11 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 08°41'


English man of letters.

He was the son of John Miers Lettsom, M.D. (son of John Coakley Lettsom), by Rachel, daughter of William Nanson. He passed from Eton College to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1818 and M.A. in 1822, and won prizes for the Latin ode and two epigrams in 1816, and for the ode again in 1817. Having ample private means, he devoted his life to a study of literature. He published a translation of the Nibelungenlied, with the title ‘The Fall of the Nebelungers; otherwise the book of Kriemhild’, in 1850. He edited from the author's manuscripts William Sidney Walker's ‘Shakespeare's Versification’ (1854) and his ‘Critical Examination of the Text of Shakespeare’ (1860). His friend Alexander Dyce was assisted by Lettsom in his preparation of his edition of Shakespeare. Lettsom also interested himself in textual criticism of the New Testament. He died on 3 September 1865 at Westbourne Park, Paddington.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes family bible transcribed in "Family Genealogica" by F. A. Crisp, Vol. X (1889), p. 37: "William Nanson Lettsom, . . . born in Sambrook Court, Thursday Feb'y 4, 1796, about 7 oClock in the Eve."


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