Prof. William Young Sellar (1825 - 1890)

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Birthplace: Morvich, nr Colspie, Scotland
Death: Died in Galloway
Occupation: Snell Exhibitioner, Glasgow Uni 1842
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About Prof. William Young Sellar

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William Young Sellar (22 February 1825 – 12 October 1890) was a Scottish classical scholar.

Sellar was born at Morvich, Sutherland, the son of Patrick Sellar of Westfield, Morayshire and his wife Ann Craig of Barmakelty, Moray. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and afterwards at the University of Glasgow. He entered Balliol College, Oxford, as a scholar. Graduating with a first-class in classics, he was elected fellow of Oriel, and, after holding assistant professorships at Durham, Glasgow and St Andrews, was appointed professor of Greek at St Andrews (1857). In 1863 he was elected professor of humanity in Edinburgh University, and occupied that chair till his death.

Sellar was one of the most brilliant of modern classical scholars, and was remarkably successful in his endeavours to reproduce the spirit rather than the letter of Roman literature.

Sellar is commemorated with his brother Alexander Craig Sellar, MP for Haddington Burghs and Glasgow Partick, on the south wall of Balliol College Chapel.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Young Sellar', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 12 May 2013, 07:42 UTC, <> [accessed 6 July 2013]

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February 22, 1825
nr Colspie, Scotland
April 24, 1853
Age 28
Nr Glasgow, Scotland
Age 64