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Ralph Widdrington (died 1688) was Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University.

He was a member of a junior branch of an ancient Northumbrian family and was distantly related to William, Lord Widdrington. He was a younger brother of Sir Thomas Widdrington and Henry Widdrington.

He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge,[1] where he made the acquaintance of John Milton. In 1654, he was appointed Regius Professor of Greek and in 1673, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity.[2]


  1. ^ "Widdrington, Ralph (WDRN632R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Widdrington, Barons". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 620.

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Phil  •  Link

This page… says this about Ralph:

"Ralph Widdrington (d. 1688), was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he made the acquaintance of Milton. In 1654 he was appointed regius professor of Greek at Cambridge, and in 1673 Lady Margaret professor of divinity."

He was also, according to Latham & Matthews, the tutor of John Pepys, Samuel's younger brother, at Christ's College.

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Bill  •  Link

WIDDRINGTON, RALPH (d.1688), regius professor of Greek at Cambridge; brother of Thomas Widdrington; B.A. Christ's College, Cambridge, 1633; fellow; public orator, 1650; regius professor of Greek, 1654; D.D., 1661; Lady Margaret professor of divinity, 1673.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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