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Barnes The Rev William

Barnes, The Rev. William, D.D., was born in the vale of Blackmore, Dorset, in 1800. After keeping a school at Dorchester, he was ordained in 1847. and from 1862 to his death in 1886 was rector of Winterbourne Cance. Throughout his life he was devoted to philology, and especially to the study of the dialect of his native county. He wrote three volumes of Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect, and others in various English idioms. Among his scientific efforts were A Philological Grammar, An Anglo-Saxon Delectus, An Outline of English Speech-Craft, A View of the Roots and Stems of English, Studies in Early British History, etc.