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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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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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Beale, Dorothea (1831–1906), headmistress, was born in London on 21 March 1831 at 41 Bishopsgate Street Within, the fourth child and third daughter of the eleven children of Miles Beale (d. 1862) and Dorothea Margaret Complin (d. 1881).

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Benson [married name McDowall], Ada (1840–1882), headmistress and educationist, was born on 27 November 1840 at Winson Green, Birmingham, sixth of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet (née Baker). Their mother's death in 1850 left the six surviving orphans unprovided for, and they were separated into the care of friends and relatives; ...

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Bishop, Dame (Margaret) Joyce (1896–1993), headmistress, was born on 28 July 1896 at The Glen, Oxford Road, Moseley, King's Norton, Worcestershire, the second of three children of Charles Benjamin Bishop, lacquer manufacturer and owner of a silver plating business, and his wife, Amy Stewart, ...

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Brock, Dame (Madeline) Dorothy (1886–1969), headmistress, was born on 18 November 1886 at 496 Caledonian Road, Islington, London, second daughter and youngest of three children of George William Frederick Brock, commercial clerk, and his wife, Eliza Jane Wilkins. Sir Laurence George Brock (1879–1949)...

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Burge, Hubert Murray (1862–1925), bishop of Oxford and headmaster, was born on 9 August 1862 at Meerut, India. He was the younger son of the Revd Milward Rodon Burge (1827–1874) and his wife, Mary Louisa Raffaella, daughter of Matthew Guerrin Price, of Guernsey...

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Burnet, Thomas (c. 1635–1715), natural philosopher and headmaster, was born at Croft in Yorkshire, the son of John Burnet, and educated at the free school of Northallerton under Thomas Smelt, who held him up as an example to his later pupils. He was admitted as a pensioner at ...

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Burstall, Sara Annie (1859–1939), headmistress, was born in Aberdeen on 2 November 1859. She was the eldest child, and only daughter, of Henry Abraham Burstall and his wife, Annie Hepzibah King. Her father was the Aberdeen agent of a London firm, and was in charge of three granite quarries and the transport of the stone by sea to ...

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Buss, Frances Mary (1827–1894), headmistress, was born in London on 16 August 1827, the eldest child of Robert William Buss (1804–1875), a painter and etcher, and his wife, Frances Fleetwood (d. c.1860). Frances and her four brothers were the only survivors to adulthood among their ten children. She later described how her education began: her grandparents, whom she was visiting in ...

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Butler, George (1819–1890), headmaster and Church of England clergyman, born at Harrow, Middlesex, on 11 June 1819, was the eldest of the ten children of George Butler (1774–1853), headmaster of Harrow School, and his wife, Sarah Maria, eldest daughter of John Gray of ...

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Christie, John Traill (1899–1980), headmaster and college head, was born at Chipping Ongar, Essex, on 19 October 1899, the fourth son (there were no daughters) of Charles Henry Fehler Christie JP, stockbroker and deputy lieutenant, and his wife, Margaret Eleanor, daughter of the ...

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David, Albert Augustus (1867–1950), bishop of Liverpool and headmaster, was born in Exeter on 19 May 1867, the second son of the Revd William David, then principal of the Exeter Diocesan Training College for schoolmasters and afterwards priest-vicar of the cathedral, and his wife, ...

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Elliott, Sir Claude Aurelius (1888–1973), headmaster, was born on 27 July 1888 in India, the only child of Sir Charles Alfred Elliott (1835–1911), lieutenant-governor of Bengal, who later resided at Fernwood, Wimbledon Park, Surrey, and his second wife, Alice Louisa, daughter of Thomas Gaussen...

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Faithfull, Lilian Mary (1865–1952), headmistress, was born on 12 March 1865 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, daughter of Francis Grantham Faithfull (1832–1892), clerk to the Merchant Taylors' Company, and his wife, Edith, née Lloyd. There were eight children (three boys and five girls) in the family. ...

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Freind, Robert (1666/7–1751), headmaster, was born at Croughton, Northamptonshire, the eldest of the three sons and one daughter of the Revd William Freind (1634–1689), rector of Croughton, and his wife, Anne (d. 1722), daughter of Francis Smith of Worcestershire. His brothers were ...

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Gilkes, Arthur Herman (1849–1922), headmaster, was born on 2 November 1849 at Leominster, Herefordshire, the fourth child of William Gilkes (1813–1866), chemist and ink maker, and his wife, Mary (née Heming). He had six brothers and four sisters. The family was Anglican with a Quaker ethos. ...

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Gilpin, William (1724–1804), writer on art and headmaster, was born on 4 June 1724 at Scaleby Castle, near Carlisle, Cumberland, and baptized on 7 June, the son of Captain John Bernard Gilpin (1701–1776) and Matilda Langstaffe (1703–1773). His father was considered one of the best amateur painters of the time and included among his pupils ...

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Goddard, William Stanley (1757–1845), headmaster, was born on 9 October 1757 at Stepney, Middlesex, the son of John Goddard (d. 1795) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1798). His father was a prosperous merchant until ruined by the failure of a mercantile house in the ...

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Hawtrey, Edward Craven (1789–1862), headmaster, was born at Burnham, 4 miles from Eton, on 7 May 1789. He was the only son of Edward Hawtrey, scholar of King's College, Cambridge, fellow of Eton College, and vicar of Burnham. His mother, Elizabeth Foster, was a sister of ...