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Francis Turner Palgrave

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Gt Yarmouth
Death: October 24, 1897 (73)
Place of Burial: London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Francis Palgrave and Elizabeth Turner
Husband of Cecil Grenville Milnes Gaskell
Father of Annora Georgina PALGRAVE; Arthur Frederick PALGRAVE; Cecil Ursula PALGRAVE; Francis Milnes Temple PALGRAVE; Gwenllian Florence PALGRAVE and 1 other
Brother of Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave; Reginald Francis Douce Palgrave and William Gifford Palgrave

Managed by: James William, Beauchamp Blackett
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About Francis Turner Palgrave

Francis Turner Palgrave

Born 28 Sep 1824 - Died 24 OIct 1897, buried at Barnes Cemetery, London

British critic and poet. He was the eldest son of historian and antiquary Sir Francis Palgrave (1788-1861). He was educated at Charterhouse and Balliol College, Oxford which brought him into contact with the poets Matthew Arnold and Arthur Hugh Clough. A close friend of Lord Alfred Tennyson, he is chiefly remembered for his anthology, "The Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics", 1861. He was himself a poet, publishing "The Visions of England" which was perhaps his best sole work. From 1885 to 1895 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. He was also Private Secretary to Prime-Minister William Ewart Gladstone.

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He was born at Great Yarmouth, the eldest son of Sir Francis Palgrave, the historian and his wife Elizabeth Turner, daughter of the banker Dawson Turner. His brothers were William Gifford Palgrave, Inglis Palgrave and Reginald Palgrave. His childhood was spent at Yarmouth and at his father's house in Hampstead. At fourteen he was sent as a day-boy to Charterhouse; and in 1843, having in the meanwhile travelled extensively in Italy and other parts of the continent, he won a scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1846 he interrupted his university career to serve as assistant private secretary to Gladstone, but returned, to Oxford the next year, and took a first class in Literae Humaniores. From 1847 to 1862 he was fellow of Exeter College, and in 1849 entered the Education Department at Whitehall. In 1850 he accepted the vice-principalship of Kneller Hall Training College at Twickenham. There he came into contact with Alfred Tennyson, and laid the foundation of a lifelong friendship.When the training college was abandoned, Palgrave returned to Whitehall in 1855, becoming examiner in the Education Department, and eventually assistant secretary. He married, in 1862, Cecil Grenville Milnes, daughter of James Milnes-Gaskell. In 1884 he resigned his position at the Education Department, and in the following year succeeded John Campbell Shairp as professor of poetry at Oxford.There was a minor scandal in 1862 when Palgrave was commissioned to write a catalogue for the 1862 International Exhibition, in which he praised his friend the sculptor Thomas Woolner and denigrated other sculptors, especially Woolner's main rival Carlo Marochetti. The well known controversialist Jacob Omnium pointed out in a series of letters to the press that the two lived together. William Holman Hunt wrote a reply supporting Palgrave and Woolner, but Palgrave was forced to withdraw the catalogue. He died in London, and was buried in the cemetery on Barnes Common.

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Francis Turner Palgrave's Timeline

September 28, 1824
Gt Yarmouth
December 7, 1863
Age 39
January 7, 1865
Age 40
July 14, 1870
Age 45
July 14, 1870
Age 45
February 12, 1872
Age 47
September 30, 1874
Age 50
October 24, 1897
Age 73
London, England