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Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare

14 September 1856

Frederick Cornwallis Conybeare (14 September 1856 – 9 January 1924) was a British orientalist, Fellow of University College, Oxford, and Professor of Theology at the University of Oxford. He was the third son of a barrister, John Charles Conybeare, and grandson of the geologist William Daniel Conybeare.

Conybeare pioneered Armenian scholarship in England. He was educated at Tonbridge School and University College, Oxford, where he obtained a double first in classical languages, philosophy and ancient history. He was then elected a fellow of the college; but, benefitting from a private income, and finding the round of college business somewhat unchallenging, he resigned, and on the advice of the great orientalist D.S. Margoliouth, devoted himself to the Armenian language. Later he took up Georgian too.

Conybeare was far from being a dry scholar. He expressed his opinions on matters touching beyond the sphere of scholarship with a passion unusual in a linguistic specialist of his time. His first venture into controversy was to give a strong support to Alfred Dreyfus against the anti-Semitic French establishment. This resulted in his book The Dreyfus Case in 1889.

Read more about Conybeare in the Post Scriptum of Testament of Solomon.