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Beaumont, Joseph (1616–1699), poet and college head, was born at Hadleigh, Suffolk, on 13 March 1616, the second of the four sons of John Beaumont (1584–1653), clothier, and his wife, Sarah Clarke (d. 1646). He was educated at the local grammar school under ...

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Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925) by Sir William Nicholson, 1924 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Benson, Arthur Christopher (1862–1925), poet and college head, was born on 24 April 1862 at Wellington College, the son of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), first headmaster of the college and later archbishop of Canterbury, and his wife, Mary, née Sidgwick (1841–1918). He was the brother of ...

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Brewer, Derek Stanley (1923–2008), literary scholar and college head, was born on 13 July 1923 at 49 Canada Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, the younger son of Stanley Leonard Brewer (1892–1963), a clerk at an electrical fittings factory, and his wife, Winifred Helen, née Forbes (1896–1985)...

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C. H. Wilkinson

revised by John D. Haigh

Daniel, (Charles) Henry Olive (1836–1919), printer and college head, was born on 30 September 1836 at Wareham, Dorset, the eldest son of the Revd Alfred Daniel, curate of Wareham, and his wife, Eliza Anne, daughter of Clement Wilson Cruttwell. In 1838 his father became perpetual curate of ...

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Helen Darbishire (1881–1961) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kathleen Tillotson

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Darbishire, Helen (1881–1961), literary scholar and college head, was born in Oxford on 26 February 1881, the second of the three children of Samuel Dukinfield Darbishire (1846–1892), physician to the Radcliffe Infirmary and coroner to the university, and his wife, Florence Eckersley (...

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Richard Farmer (1735–1797) by George Romney, 1777–84 by permission of the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of Emmanuel College in the University of Cambridge

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Farmer, Richard (1735–1797), literary scholar and college head, the second son of Richard Farmer, woolman and maltster, and his wife, Hannah (1712–1808), daughter of John Knibb, was born at Leicester on 15 May 1735. He received his early education at the free grammar school in ...

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Gordon, George Stuart (1881–1942), college head and literary scholar, was born on 1 February 1881 at County Buildings, Falkirk, the second child and eldest son of William Gordon (d. 1925), a police superintendent and later procurator fiscal, and Mary, née Napier (...

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N. D. F. Pearce

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Hodgson, Francis (1781–1852), college head and poet, second son of James Hodgson, rector of Humber, Herefordshire, and Jane, daughter of the Revd Richard Coke, was born at Croydon, Surrey, on 16 November 1781. In 1794 he entered Eton College as a pupil of ...

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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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Eleanor Frances Jourdain (1863–1924) by unknown photographer, c. 1915 private collection

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Jourdain, Eleanor Frances (1863–1924), author and college head, was born on 16 November 1863 at Derwent Woodlands, Derbyshire, the eldest of ten children of the Revd Francis Jourdain (1834–1898), subsequently vicar of Ashbourne, and his wife, Emily, daughter of Charles Clay, a Manchester...

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Legge, Thomas (c. 1535–1607), playwright and college head, was born in Norwich, son of Stephen Legge and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Larke. His home was in Cambridge from 1552 until his death in 1607: first as pensioner at Corpus Christi College...

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P. J. Toynbee

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Moore, Edward (1835–1916), college head and literary scholar, was born at Cardiff, where his father practised as a physician, on 28 February 1835. He was the elder son of Dr John Moore and his second wife, Charlotte Puckle. He was educated at Bromsgrove School...

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Benjamin John Pimlott (1945–2004) by Jean Seaton by kind permission of Jean Seaton

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Pimlott, Benjamin John [Ben] (1945–2004), historian and political commentator, was born at the Nelson Hospital, Merton, south London, on 4 July 1945, the second of three children and only son of John Alfred Ralph Pimlott (1909–1969), civil servant, and his wife, Ellen Dench, ...

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Preston, Thomas (1537–1598), playwright and college head, was born at Simpson, Buckinghamshire, of a Lancashire family. He was educated at Eton College and at King's College, Cambridge, where he was elected scholar on 16 August 1553 and fellow on 18 September 1556. He graduated BA in 1557 and MA in 1561. He made a favourable impression on ...