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DARLINGTON , THOMAS ( 1864 - 1908 ), scholar and inspector of schools ;

the son of Richard Darlington , farmer , Burland , Nantwich, Ches. ; b. 22 Feb. 1864 , and educated at Whitchurch grammar school , the Leys School , Cambridge , and S. John's College , Cambridge , of which he was a scholar . He obtained a first class in the classical tripos, part I ( 1884 ) and the Members’ Latin Essay prize ( 1885 ), graduated B.A. (London) in 1884 , being first in classics, and M.A. (London) in 1887 , winning the gold medal . After spending nine months in Germany he became assistant master at Rugby school in 1887 , and headmaster of Queen's College , Taunton , in 1888 ; in the same year he was elected a Fellow of his old college. Though unsuccessful in his application for the post of principal of the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , in 1891 , he came to Wales in 1896 (after a period of four years spent in writing) as one of H.M. inspectors of schools , and lived at Aberystwyth till his death. Darlington was a remarkable linguist , being proficient in many modern European languages and also in Romany and Welsh (which he had learnt as a boy), and contributed articles in the press , in Welsh and English , on Welsh literary and political subjects. His wife was Annie Edith Bainbridge of Eshott Hall , Northumb. ; she survived him, with one son and three daughters. He d. in London , 4 Feb. 1908 , and was buried at Weston Lullingfield , near Ellesmere , Salop .

Sources:

  • W. A. Darlington , I do what I like (London, c.1950) ;
  • The Cambrian News , 7 Feb. 1908 ;
  • Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959