Norman McLean


Norman McLean

Death 20 Aug 1947 (aged 81)
Cambridgeshire, England
Burial Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Plot 2D37
Memorial ID 97077331 View Source
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A CAMBRIDGE APOSTLE: #216, elected Oct., 1888; resigned Feb. 1892; 1st Class Classics Tripos I 1888.

Number #30 refers to "A Cambridge Necropolis" by Dr. Mark Goldie from March 2000 for Friends of The Parish of The Ascension Burial Ground, total 49

After a First in Classics and Philosophy at Edinburgh University, McLean took another first degree at Cambridge, graduating from Christ's with a First in Classics and in the Semitic Languages Tripos (today within the domain of the Oriental Studies Tripos). He became Fellow and lecturer Hebrew in Christ's and then university lecturer in Aramaic (1903 -31). His life work lay within a field that philologically equipped theologians had pursued relentlessly since the seventeenth century: the establishment of a complete valiorum edition of the scriptural texts. McLean, whose background was devoutly Presbyterian, spent forty years working on an edition of the Septuagint. He was a tutor at Christ's from 1911 and Master from 1927 to 1936. He was elected FBA in 1934. His wife Mary is buried with him; she died in 1905.

He was a member of The Cambridge Apostles, a secret society, which he joined in 1888; 11 members of which are buried in 'Ascension':

& Wittgenstein*

* see biographies in ODNB

Mclean, Norman.
Adm. pens.
at CHRIST'S, Jan. 14, 1887.
[Eldest] s. of the Rev. Daniel [Minister at Hampden, Jamaica, 1857-64, and at Lanark, 1865-78]. B. Oct. 2, 1865, at Lanark.
School, Edinburgh High; and at Edinburgh University (M.A.). Matric. Lent, 1887; Scholar, 1887 (Class.
Trip., Pt I, 1st Class, 1888; Semitic Lang.
Trip., 1st Class, 1890); B.A. 1890; Jeremie Septuagint prize, 1890; Mason prize, 1891; Tyrwhitt Scholar, 1891; M.A. 1894.
Fellow, 1893; Tutor; Master, 1927-36.
University Lecturer in Aramaic, 1903.
F.B.A. 1934.
Editor (with Professor Wright) of Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius in Syriac; of Vols.
I and II of the Larger Cambridge Septuagint (with Dr A. E. Brooke). Latterly of 12, Cranmer Road, Cambridge.
Died Aug. 20, 1947.
(Peile, II. 731; Who's Who.)


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