was an English classical historian.
He was born on 4 February 1788 at Exeter
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, the eldest son of Timothy Kenrick, Unitarian minister, and his first wife, Mary, daughter of John Waymouth of Exeter. He was educated at the local grammar school run by the Rev. Charles Lloyd and later at the nonconformist academy conducted by his father and the Rev. Joseph Bretland.
In 1807, Kenrick matriculated at Glasgow University. He was the first prizeman in his class for three successive years, won the Gartmore gold medal for an essay on the English constitution in the Tudor period, and a silver medal for an essay on the aberration of light
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. He graduated MA in 1810.
Later that year, Kenrick became classics tutor at Manchester College, York
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. In 1819, he was given leave of absence to spend a sabbatical year in Germany, reading history at Göttingen
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. He returned to York in 1820 and began translating German classical works, including August Wilhelm Zumpt
August Wilhelm Zumpt was a German classical scholar, known chiefly in connection with Latin epigraphy. He was a nephew of Karl Gottlob Zumpt....
's Latin Grammar
, Rost and Wusteman's Introduction to Greek Prose Composition
and Matthiae's Greek Grammar
In 1840, when the college returned to Manchester, Kenrick became professor of history, a post he held until his retirement in 1850. He continued to live in York, and travelled to Manchester to deliver lectures. He published The Egypt of Herodotus
(1841), Ancient Egypt under the Pharaohs
(1850), and Phoenicia
Several of his pupils became celebrated for their writing, most notably John James Tayler (1797–1869), James Martineau
James Martineau was an English religious philosopher influential in the history of Unitarianism. For 45 years he was Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy in Manchester New College, the principal training college for British Unitarianism.-Early life:He was born in Norwich,...
(1805–1900), and George Vance Smith (1816–1902).
Kenrick on 13 August 1821 married Laetitia Wellbeloved, daughter of the principal of Manchester College, York, Charles Wellbeloved
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. They had no children. He died on 7 May 1877 and was buried in York Cemetery
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