Thomas Northcote Toller

Thomas Northcote Toller (1844–1930) was the first professor of English language at Manchester and one of the editors of An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary[1] which had been begun by Joseph Bosworth. He was appointed to the chair in 1880 and retired in 1903.[2] The annual Toller Lecture, which commemorates his achievements, is held in Manchester.


Thomas Northcote Toller
Kettering, England
Academic background
Academic work
DisciplineOld English
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester


Toller was born in Kettering, to Caroline (née Wallis) and Joseph Toller.[1]

In 1880 he was appointed as Chair of English Language at the University of Manchester, and he retired in 1903.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Textual and Material Culture in Anglo-Saxon England: Thomas Northcote Toller and the Toller Memorial Lectures". Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  2. ^ Charlton, H. B. (1951) Portrait of a University, 1851--1951. Manchester: Manchester University Press; p. 172

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