[Sir] William Temple


1555-1627; 4th Provost of TCD; member of the Stowe family of Temples; ed. Eton and King’s College, Cambridge; Fellow, 1578, incorporated at Oxford, 1581; champion of Ramism; published tracts against followers of Aristotle; annotated Ramus’s Dialectics (1584), ded. to Sir Philip Sydney; master of Lincoln grammar school; and Sir Philip’s secretary, 1585; with Sidney at his death, Zutphen 1586; secretary to Earl of Essex; MP Tamsworth, 1597; career damaged by Essex’s fall; appt. Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, 1609; initiated numerous college reforms; Master of Chancery, 1619; MP for Dublin University, 1613; knighted 1622. ODNB

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