Gregory of Huntingdon

Gregory OF Huntingdon a monk of the 13th century, so called from the place of his nativity in Huntingdonshire, was bred a Benedictine monk at Ramsey, where he became prior or vice-abbot, a place e deserved, being one of the most learned men of his time in the languages. He wrote many comments on the Latin and Greek classics, and was proficient in Hebrew by constant conversing with the Jews. When the latter were driven from 'the kingdom, he purchased many of their literary treasures for his monastery at Ramsay, an institution which exceeded any other of the kind in England for its fine library, rich now especially in Hebrew books. Two hundred years after, a monk of the same monastery, John Yong, added yet more to the library of his school. Gregory was prior of Ramsey for thirty-eight years, flourishing under Henry III, and died in the reign of Edward I, about 1280. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 2:101.

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