Thomas Harrison (1555, London – 1631) was an English Puritan scholar, a Vice-Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and one of the translators for the King James Version of the Bible.

LifeEdit

He was born in London, and entered Merchant Taylors' School in 1570; he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1573 and graduated B.A. in 1577.[1] At Cambridge his scholarship attracted the notice of William Whitaker. He became a Fellow and tutor of Trinity College.[2]

Harrison was a puritan, and in 1589 is mentioned as attending a synod at St. John's College, along with Thomas Cartwright. He was a noted Christian Hebraist and among the revisers of the King James Bible. He belonged to the First Cambridge Company. For the last twenty years of his life he was vice-prefect of Trinity College.[2]

He died in 1631 and was buried with some pomp in the chapel of his college. A Latin volume in his honour was written by Caleb Dalechamp (Dalecampius) and dedicated to John Bois; it is titled Harrisonus Honoratus: Id est Honorifica de Vita, &c. (Cambridge, 1632), and contains a meagre outline of his life in the form of a funeral oration, with some Latin verses to his memory.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  • McClure, Alexander. (1858) The Translators Revived: A Biographical Memoir of the Authors of the English Version of the Holy Bible. Mobile, Alabama: R. E. Publications (republished by the Marantha Bible Society, 1984 ASIN B0006YJPI8 )
  • Nicolson, Adam. (2003) God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible. New York: HarperCollins ISBN 0-06-095975-4

NotesEdit

  1. ^ DNB confuses him with a near-contemporary at St John's College, Cambridge. See "Harrison, Thomas (HRY573T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. J. Andreas Löwe, ‘Harrison, Thomas (1555–1630)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 14 June 2009
  2. ^ a b c s:Harrison, Thomas (1555-1631) (DNB00)
  3. ^ DNB article on Bois.
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