Leland or Leyland, John

(1506-1552)
   Antiquary, b. in London, and ed. at St. Paul's School and at Camb., Oxf., and Paris. He was a good linguist, and one of the first Englishmen to acquire Greek, and he was likewise acquainted with French, Italian, Spanish, Welsh, and Anglo-Saxon. He became chaplain and librarian to Henry VIII., from whom he received the Rectory of Poppeling, near Calais, and in 1533 the appointment of King's Antiquary. Soon afterwards he was permitted to do his work in France by deputy, and was commissioned to go over England in search of documents and antiquities; and on the strength of this made his famous tour, which lasted for about six years. He was able to do something to stem the destruction of manuscripts on the dissolution of the monasteries, and made vast collections of documents and information regarding the monuments and general features of the country, which, however, he was unable fully to digest and set in order. They formed, nevertheless, an almost inexhaustible quarry in which succeeding workers in the same field, such as Stow, Camden, and Dugdale, wrought. In his last years he was insane, and hence none of his collections appeared in his lifetime. His Itinerary was, however, at length pub. by T. Hearne in 9 vols. (1710-12), and his Collectanea in 6 vols. (1715).

Short biographical dictionary of English literature . . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Leland — may refer to: Places ;Norway * Leland, Norway;United States * Leland, Illinois * Leland, Iowa * Leland, Louisiana * Leland, Michigan * Leland, Mississippi * Leland, North Carolina * Leland, Utah * Leland Grove, Illinois * Leland Township,… …   Wikipedia

  • John Leland (Bibliothekar) — John Leland (* 13. September 1506 in London; † 18. April 1552; auch Leyland geschrieben; lat. Johannes Lelandus) war ein britischer Geistlicher und Bibliothekar von König Heinrich VIII. Leben Leland absolvierte seine Ausbildung an der St. Paul’s… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Leland, John — ▪ English antiquarian Leland also spelled  Leyland  born c. 1506, London died April 18, 1552, London       chaplain and librarian to King Henry VIII. He was the earliest of a notable group of English antiquarians.       Leland was educated at St …   Universalium

  • Mulgrave Castle — refers to one of three structures on the same property in Yorkshire, England. One of these, known as the old or ancient castle, was by legend founded by Wada, a 6th century ruler of Hälsingland. The second castle, (54°29′37″N 0°42′20″W /  …   Wikipedia

  • Topography as the study of place — Starting in ancient Greece, places have been described in topography (Polytonic|τοπογραφία), and an author of such writing has been called a topographer (Polytonic|τοπογράφος). Greek and Roman topographers provide much of the basis of modern… …   Wikipedia

  • automotive industry — Introduction       all those companies and activities involved in the manufacture of motor vehicles, including most components, such as engines and bodies, but excluding tires, batteries, and fuel. The industry s principal products are passenger… …   Universalium

  • The Detective (1968 film) — Infobox Film name = The Detective image size = caption = director = Gordon Douglas producer = Aaron Rosenberg writer = Abby Mann (screenplay) Roderick Thorp (novel) narrator = starring = Frank Sinatra music = Jerry Goldsmith cinematography =… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Cars characters — This is a list of characters from the Pixar franchise Cars consisting of the 2006 film Cars and the 2011 film Cars 2. Contents 1 Rust eze Medicated Bumper Ointment team 1.1 …   Wikipedia

  • Saison 6 de Monk — Série Monk Pays d’origine  États Unis Chaîne d’origine USA Network Diffusion originale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Monk — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Monk (homonymie). Monk Titre original Monk Genre Comédie dra …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.