Sir John Edwin Sandys

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Sir John Edwin Sandys

Leicester, Leicester Unitary Authority, Leicestershire, England
Death 6 Jul 1922 (aged 78)
Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Burial Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
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Number #39 refers to "A Cambridge Necropolis" by Dr. Mark Goldie from March 2000 for Friends of The Parish of The Ascension Burial Ground, total 49.

He was born at Leicester on 19 May 1844, a son of the Reverend Timothy Sandys of the Church Missionary Society and Rebecca (née Swain). Living at first in India, he returned to England at the age of eleven, and was educated at the Church Missionary Society School in Islington, then at Repton School. In 1863 he won a scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge.

He obtained a Bell scholarship and won several prizes for Greek and Latin prose. In 1867 he was elected Fellow at his college, and appointed to a lectureship, then later also a tutorship. He was elected public orator in 1876, and was given the title orator emeritus when he retired in 1919. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Dublin in 1892, Edinburgh in 1909, Athens in 1912 and Oxford in 1920. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1909, and a Commander in the Greek Order of the Saviour. He was awarded his knighthood in 1911.

Besides editing admirably several Greek texts, he published: An Easter Vacation in Greece (1886); a translation and enlargement, with H. Nettleship, of Oskar Seyffert, A Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, Mythology, Religion, Literature, and Art (1891). and The Harvard Lectures on the Revival of Learning (1905). He is best known for the History of Classical Scholarship (volume i, second edition, 1906; volumes ii-iii, 1910). He was supervising editor also of A Companion to Latin Studies (1910; second edition, 1913). New International Encyclopedia.

In 1880 he had married Mary Grainger Hall, the daughter of the vicar of St Paul's Church, Cambridge. They had no children. Sandys died on 6 July 1922 after collapsing in the third court of St John's in his robes on the way to a presentation of honorary degrees.

Sandys, John Edwin.
Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Apr. 29, 1863.
S. of the Rev. Timothy, of Calcutta (and Rebecca).
B. [May 19, 1844], at Leicester.
Bapt. July 9, 1844. [School, Repton.] Matric. Michs. 1863; Bell Scholar, 1864; Scholar, 1865; Browne medal, 1865; Porson prize, 1865, 1866; Members' prize, 1866 and 1867; B.A.
(Senior Classic) 1867; M.A. 1870; Litt.D. 1886; Hon.
LL.D. 1920.
Fellow, 1867-1922; tutor, 1870-1900.
Orator, 1876-1919.
Litt.D., Trin.
Coll., Dublin, 1892; Hon.
LL.D., Edin., 1909; Oxford, 1920.
F.B.A., 1909.
Lane Lecturer at Harvard, 1905.
Pres. of the Philological Soc., 1890-1; Pres. of the Classical Soc., 1909.
Knighted, 1911.
Married, Aug. 17, 1880, Mary Grainger, dau. of the Rev. H. Hall, V. of St Paul's, Cambridge. 'One of the outstanding figures of a generation in which Cambridge was transformed by many influences, but above all by the growth of scientific schools.' Author, Easter Vacations in Greece; Introduction to Latin Epigraphy; History of Classical Scholarship (3 vols.); Harvard Lectures on the Revival of Learning. Lived at Merton House, Cambridge.
Died suddenly, July 6, 1922.
Benefactor to the College and University.
Half-brother of Edward T. (1883) and of James S. (1876).
(Repton Sch. Reg.; Walford, County Families; D.N.B.; Who was Who.)


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