Samuel Butler (Scholar)

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Maps from Butler's Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography , 1907.

Samuel Butler (born January 30, 1774 in Kenilworth , Warwickshire , England, † December 4, 1839 in Eccleshall , Staffordshire , England ) was an English scholar.


After his bachelor's degree at St John's College (Cambridge) , he became a Fellow there in 1797 , but was appointed director of Shrewsbury School the next year . Part-time he held a prebend at Lichfield Cathedral from 1807 and the archdeaconate of the Diocese of Derby from 1822 . In 1836 he was called to be Bishop of Lichfield .

Butler became known for his edition of the works of Aeschylus and for his Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography .

His grandson, the philosopher and writer Samuel Butler (1835-1902), wrote a biography about him.


  • Samuel Butler: The Life and Letters of Dr. Samuel Butler . 1896
  • Butler, Samuel . [bishop] . In: Encyclopædia Britannica . 11th edition. tape 4 : Bishārīn - Calgary . London 1910, p. 887 (English, full text [ Wikisource ]).

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Henry Ryder Bishop of Lichfield
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