Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Homer, Philip Bracebridge

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HOMER, PHILIP BRACEBRIDGE (1765–1838), assistant-master at Rugby School, was the tenth son of the Rev. Henry Homer the elder [q. v.], rector of Birdingbury, Warwickshire, where he was born in 1765. He went to Rugby in 1772, and was distinguished for his classical attainments. He matriculated as a member of University College 31 Oct. 1781, and was elected a demy of Magdalen College in 1783 (B.A. 1785, M.A. 1788, B.D. 1804). In 1785 he returned to Rugby as an assistant-master of the school. This situation he held for thirty-seven years. He was also a probationer fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1802 to 1806. In 1825 he was elected a fellow of Rugby School, being the first of the newly created fellows on the foundation. He died at Rugby on 26 April 1838.

His works are: 1. ‘The Garland, a collection of poems,’ Oxford, 1788, 4to. 2. ‘Anthologia; or a Collection of Flowers,’ London [1789], 4to, in blank verse. 3. ‘Poems, translated from the Italian of Metastasio,’ Coventry, 1790, 8vo. 4. ‘The Wishes of the Public; a Consolatory Poem translated from the Italian of Metastasio,’ Nuneaton, n.d., 8vo. 5. ‘Observations on a short Tour made in the Summer of 1803 to the Western Highlands of Scotland, interspersed with original pieces of descriptive and epistolary poetry,’ London, 1804, 8vo. 6. ‘The Introduction to the Greek Tongue,’ being the Eton Greek grammar with English notes, London, 1825, 12mo; 2nd edit. 1839. 7. ‘A Concise View of the Evidences of the Christian Religion,’ Rugby, 1827, 8vo. 8. An English-Hebrew Lexicon in manuscript, presented by his son Henry to the library of Magdalen College, Oxford.

He was also a contributor to the miscellany called ‘Olla-Podrida,’ edited by Thomas Monro, and with his brother Arthur completed and prepared for publication the editions of the Latin classics which his brother Henry Homer the younger [q. v.] had left unfinished.

[Bloxam's Magdalen Coll. Register, vii. 76; Colvile's Warwickshire Worthies, p. 437; Foster's Alumni Oxon. ii. 683; Gent. Mag., 1806 pt. ii. p. 1210, 1838 pt. i. p. 661; Johnstone's Life of Parr, p. 750; Rugby School Registers, p. 29.]

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