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The first chair was elected in 1878, when a gift endowed in 1867 by Joseph Bosworth, Rawlinsonian Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, had increased in value sufficiently to support a stipend of £500 a year. It was named after its creator and his wife, Anne Elliot, ex-wife of Colonel Hamilton Elrington. The professor holding this chair is traditionally the head of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge.
Elrington and Bosworth Professors
- Walter William Skeat (1878)
- Hector Munro Chadwick (1912-1941)
- Bruce Dickins (1946)
- Dorothy Whitelock (1957-1969)
- Peter Alan Martin Clemoes (1969-1982)
- Raymond Ian Page (1984-1991)
- Michael Lapidge (1991)
- Simon Douglas Keynes (1999–present)
- Rosalind Love (from 1 October 2019)
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