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Chaundler, Thomas (c. 1417–1490), university principal and humanist scholar, was born at Wells, in St Cuthbert's parish, the son probably of William Chaundler and possibly the brother of Geoffrey and John, clerks of Somerset parishes. John Chaundler, bishop of Salisbury (1417–26), may have been a kinsman, and the ...

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Claymond, John (1467/8–1536), humanist and college head, was born in Frampton in Lincolnshire, the son of John and Alice Claymond. Possibly educated at the school of Magdalen College in Oxford, he was admitted to the college itself as a demy in 1484 aged sixteen, became a fellow in July 1488, senior commoner in 1493, and president in 1507. In the same year he received his MA and lectured in the university on ...

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Doget [Doket], John (d. 1501), humanist scholar and college head, was the nephew of Cardinal Thomas Bourchier, archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1486), to whom Doget must have owed much of the considerable church patronage later bestowed on him. He was born in ...

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James, Montague Rhodes (1862–1936), college head, scholar, and author, was born at Goodnestone in Kent on 1 August 1862, the fourth and youngest child of Herbert James (1822–1909) and his wife of fifteen years, Mary Emily Horton (1818–1898). When Monty (as he was familiarly known) was three years old his father, a high-minded country parson, became rector of ...

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Montague Rhodes James (1862–1936) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1936 © reserved; collection Eton College; © reserved in the photograph

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Pattison, Mark (1813–1884), college head and scholar, was born on 10 October 1813 at Hornby in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the first of two sons and twelve children of Mark James Pattison (1788–1865), subsequently rector of Hauxwell, near Catterick, and his wife, ...

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Mark Pattison (1813–1884) by unknown engraver, pubd 1884 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shadwell, Charles Lancelot (1840–1919), scholar and college head, was the second son of Lancelot Shadwell (1808–1861), barrister, and his wife, Jane Ellen Nicholl. He was the grandson of Sir Lancelot Shadwell, the last vice-chancellor of England. Born in London on 16 December 1840, ...