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Abingdon, Henry (d. 1437), ecclesiastic and college head, probably came from Abingdon in Berkshire. He was first elected a fellow of Merton in 1390 and spent most of his later career either there or fulfilling his residential duties as a canon of Wells...

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Baily, Thomas (c. 1527–1591), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born in Yorkshire. On 3 June 1543, in his sixteenth year, he entered Clare College, Cambridge, as a scholar. He graduated BA in 1546. Wardale's Clare College says that the master and fellows of ...

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Barclay, Robert (1611/12–1682), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born probably in Kincardineshire, the youngest of the four sons of David Barclay (1580–1660) of Mathers and Elizabeth Livingston, daughter of Sir John Livingston of Dunnipace. He graduated MA from Aberdeen University in 1633. After conversion to Roman Catholicism, ...

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Chambers, David (d. 1641), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was the son of Patrick Chambers of Fintray. After studying at Aberdeen University he converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained priest in Rome on 21 August 1612. From 1610 until 1623 Chambers...

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Eyre, Thomas (1748–1810), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born at Glossop, Derbyshire, the fourth son of Nathaniel Eyre, steward to the duke of Norfolk at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Jane Bromhead. Like his brothers, he went to the preparatory school at ...

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Gillow, John (1753–1828), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born on 25 March 1753, son of Robert Gillow (1702/3–1772) [see under Gillow family], a furniture manufacturer, of Westby, Lancashire, and his wife, Agnes Fell. His parents were both from Lancaster...

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John Gillow (1753–1828) by Charles Turner, pubd 1814 (after James Ramsay) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McNamara, Thomas (1808–1892), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born near Slane, co. Meath. After education at Navan seminary, Meath, he entered St Patrick's College, Maynooth, co. Kildare, in 1825. There he was ordained in 1833. In 1834 he and some associates established ...

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Warkworth, John (c. 1425–1500), ecclesiastic, college head, and supposed chronicler, is thought to have been a native of the diocese of Durham, named from the Northumberland village of Warkworth. He was elected bachelor of Merton College, Oxford in 1446, admitted as bachelor fellow ...

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Weedall, Henry (1788–1859), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born in London on 6 September 1788, the son of a doctor. He was educated at Sedgley Park School in Staffordshire (1794–1804) and chosen by Bishop John Milner, vicar apostolic of the midland district, to transfer to ...