Knatchbull, Sir Norton

Knatchbull, Sir Norton a learned English baronet, born in Kent in 1601, was a man of considerable erudition, and devoted himself with some success to the study of the Biblical writings. In 1659 he gave to the world Animadversiones in Libros Novi Testam., which speedily went through a considerable number of editions (a translation of it, prepared by himself or under his superintendence, appeared at Cambridge in 1693), and was reprinted both at Amsterdam and Frankfort, at which latter place it formed part of the supplement to N. Gurtler's edition of Walton's Polyglot, 1695-1701. He died in 1684. " Knatchbull's remarks are sensible, and show very fair learning; but they are entirely wanting in depth, and we cannot read them without wonder at the small amount of knowledge which procured for their author such a wide-spread reputation" (Kitto, Bibl. Cyclop. vol. ii, s.v.). Dr. Campbell calls Knatchbull " a learned man, but a hardy critic."

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