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Abbott, Edwin (1808–1882), headmaster, was born in London on 12 May 1808, the son of Edward Abbott, an oilman and Italian warehouseman, of St Martin's Lane, London, and his wife, Charlotte. After his family fell on hard times Abbott entered the Philological Society...

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L. R. Farnell

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Abbott, Edwin Abbott (1838–1926), headmaster and writer, was born at 38 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, Middlesex, on 20 December 1838, the eldest son of Edwin Abbott (1808–1882), headmaster of the Philological School, Marylebone, and his wife, Jane Abbott (1806–1882), a first cousin. Educated at the ...

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Alington, Cyril Argentine (1872–1955), headmaster and dean of Durham, was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 22 October 1872, the second son of the Revd Henry Giles Alington (1837–1928), an inspector of schools, and his wife, Jane Margaret Booth (d. 1910). In 1886 he went with classical scholarships to ...

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Almond, Hely Hutchinson (1832–1903), headmaster, born in Glasgow on 12 August 1832, was the second son of George Almond, incumbent of St Mary's Episcopal Chapel, Glasgow, and his second wife, Christiana Georgina, eldest daughter of Thomas Smith, barrister, of London. His paternal great-grandfather was headmaster of ...

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Hely Hutchinson Almond (1832–1903) by Elliott & Fry, 1895 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) by Thomas Phillips, 1839 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arnold, Thomas (1795–1842), headmaster and historian, was born on 13 June 1795 at West Cowes, Isle of Wight, the seventh of the seven children of William Arnold (1745–1801), collector of customs and postmaster for the Isle of Wight, and his wife, Martha (1751–1829)...

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Ashton, Thomas (d. 1578), headmaster, is of unknown origins. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, being elected to a fellowship about 1520, shortly after graduating BA. He proceeded MA in 1521 and BTh in 1531. Little is known of his subsequent career until his appointment as headmaster of ...

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Barker, William Higgs (1743/4–1816), Hebraist and headmaster, was the son of George Barker, tailor, of Great Russell Street, London, and a relation of the Hebraist Samuel Barker (1686–1759). He was admitted on the foundation of St Paul's School on 10 May 1756, aged twelve. He became Pauline exhibitioner at ...

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Barnard, Edward (1717–1781), headmaster and college head, the second son of George Barnard (1688/9–1760), rector of Knebworth (1737–60) and vicar of Luton (1745–60), and his wife, Dorothy, was born at Harpenden, Hertfordshire, and baptized there on 10 June 1717. He was educated at ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by S. J. Skedd

Berdmore, Samuel (1739–1802), headmaster, was born in Nottingham on 29 May 1739, the son of Thomas Berdmore, vicar of St Mary's, Nottingham, and his wife, Martha. He was educated on the foundation at Charterhouse School from 1749 until 1755, when he was admitted to ...

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Bickersteth, (Kenneth) Julian Faithfull (1885–1962), headmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born on 5 July 1885 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the six sons of Canon Samuel Bickersteth (1857–1937), canon of Canterbury and chaplain to the king, and his wife, Ella Chlora Faithfull (1858–1954)...

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W. P. Courtney

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Bishop, Samuel (1731–1795), headmaster and poet, was born in St John Street, London, on 21 September 1731, the eldest son of George Bishop, who came from Hollway, near Cattistock, in Dorset, and Mary, daughter of Samuel Palmer of Southover, near Lewes, in Sussex...

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Blake, Thomas William Jex- (1832–1915), headmaster and dean of Wells, was born at 2 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, on 26 January 1832, the eldest surviving son of the two sons and four daughters of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868) of Bunwell, Norfolk, and Brighton...

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Boutflower, Henry Crewe (1796–1863), Church of England clergyman and headmaster, was the son of John Johnson Boutflower, surgeon, of Salford, and was born there on 25 October 1796. The Boutflowers were an important clerical family in the Manchester area. Henry was educated at ...

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Boyson, Sir Rhodes (1925–2012), headteacher and politician, was born at 18 Hoyle Street, Haslingden, Lancashire, on 11 May 1925, the son of William Boyson (1885–1973), cotton spinner, and his wife, Bertha, née Barnes (1886–1978). Boyson's father served as an alderman on the local council, representing the ...

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Sir Rhodes Boyson (1925–2012) by Aubrey Hart, 1975 © Getty Images

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T. E. Page

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Brown, William Haig (1823–1907), headmaster, was born at Bromley by Bow, Middlesex, on 3 December 1823, the third son of Thomas Brown of Edinburgh and his wife, Amelia, daughter of John Haig, of the family of 'Haig of Bemersyde'. In his tenth year he received a presentation to ...

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Browne, Thomas (c. 1535–1585), Church of England clergyman and headmaster, was born in London. He was a king's scholar at Westminster School from about 1546 to 1550, whence on 13 August 1550 he was admitted as a scholar of King's College, Cambridge; he matriculated in 1550 and took his BA in 1554/5, coming first in his year. Further academic honours followed. A fellow of ...

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Buchanan, James (1784–1857), headmaster, was born in Edinburgh on 10 March 1784. Nothing is known of his ancestry or early life. He married twice. With his first wife, whose name is not known, he had a son, William. He married his second wife, ...