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Urquhart, Sir Thomas
Of Cromarty, a cavalier and supporter of Charles I., and a great enemy of the Covenanters in Scotland; travelled much, and acquired a mass of miscellaneous knowledge, which he was fain to display and did display in a most pedantic style; posed as a philologist and a mathematician, but executed one classical work, a translation of Rabelais; is said to have died in a fit of laughter at the news of the restoration of Charles II. (1605-1660).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Urquhart, Sir Thomas'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/u/urquhart-sir-thomas.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.