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George Muirhead (linguist)

George Muirhead (1715–1773) was a Scottish linguist.


Muirhead was born at Dunipace. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (M.A. 1742), he was ordained as a Minister of the Kirk in 1746. He was professor of oriental languages at the University of Glasgow (1753-4), until his appointment as Chair of Humanity in 1754. Muirhead was elected Clerk of Senate in 1769.[1]

Muirhead died on 31 August 1773. He was "an enthusiastic and accomplished classical scholar", and with James Moor, professor of Greek, superintended the noble edition of Homer in 4 vols., printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis of Glasgow (the Iliad in 1756, the Odyssey, with the Hymns and Fragments, in 1758). [2]


The Muirhead Prizes are awarded in his memory.


  1. ^ "Biography of George Muirhead". The University of Glasgow Story. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  2. ^ Sturt 1901.

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