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HOBLYN, RICHARD DENNIS (1803–1886), educational writer, eldest son of Richard Hoblyn, rector of All Saints, Colchester, born there on 9 April 1803, was educated at his native town, and at Blundell's School, Tiverton. Thence he went as a scholar to Balliol College, Oxford, where he proceeded B.A. 1824, M.A. 1828. He took orders four years later, but resigning the clerical life, he devoted himself to teaching and educational writing in London. His face was ‘familiar and friendly’ in the borough of Marylebone, where he dwelt for fifty-nine years in the same residence. He died on 22 Aug. 1886. He was married, and had a family. Hoblyn wrote: 1. ‘A Dictionary of Terms used in Medicine and the collateral Sciences’ (with a Supplement, 1832; 11th edit., by J. A. Price, 1887). 2. ‘A Manual of Chemistry, illustrated by engravings,’ 1841. 3. ‘A Manual of the Steam Engine,’ 1842. 4. ‘A Manual of Natural Philosophy’ (with J. L. Comstock, 1846. Largely augmented, 1860). 5. ‘A Dictionary of Scientific Terms,’ 1849, 12mo.

[Information communicated by Mr. R. A. Hoblyn of Somerset House; Marylebone Mercury, 4 Sept. 1886; Cat. Oxford Grad.; Foster's Alumni Oxonienses; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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