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Allen, Sir Carleton Kemp (1887–1966), jurist and warden of Rhodes House, was born on 7 September 1887 in Carlton, Melbourne, the youngest of the three sons of the Revd William Allen, nonconformist minister, whose own father, a civil engineer, had emigrated from England...

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Anson, Sir William Reynell, third baronet (1843–1914), politician and college head, was born at Walberton, Sussex, on 14 November 1843, the eldest son of Sir John William Hamilton Anson, second baronet (1816–1873), and his wife, Elizabeth Catherine (d. 1903), daughter of Major-General Sir Denis Pack...

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Baldwin, Richard (c. 1666–1758), college head, is of uncertain origins. The matriculation register of Trinity College, Dublin, recorded that he entered the college on 29 April 1684, at the age of seventeen, had been born in Athy, in co. Carlow (though Athy is in ...

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Barclay, Thomas (1792–1873), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born at Unst, in Shetland, in June 1792, the youngest of the five sons of James Barclay (1745–1793), the minister of the parish, and his wife, Ursula, daughter of William Archibald, James Barclay's...

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Barnes, Sir George Reginald (1904–1960), radio and television director and college head, was born in Byfleet, Surrey, on 13 September 1904, the son of Sir Hugh Shakespear Barnes (1853–1940), lieutenant-governor of Burma, and his second wife, Edith Helen, sister of Sir Kenneth Barnes...

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Bathurst, Ralph (1619/20–1704), dean of Wells and college head, was born at Hothorpe, Northamptonshire, the fifth of thirteen sons and four daughters of George Bathurst (c.1579–1656) and his wife, Elizabeth Villiers. He was educated at Coventry Free School, and matriculated at ...

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Beale, William (d. 1651), college head, was born near Thame in Oxfordshire. At Easter 1606 he was elected to a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, from Westminster School. He graduated BA in spring 1610; from 1611 to 1625 he was a fellow of ...

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Bellamy, James (1819–1909), college head, born on 31 January 1819 in the school house of Merchant Taylors' School, then in Suffolk Lane, London, was elder son in the family of two sons and three daughters of James William Bellamy BD (1788–1874). The father (of an old Huguenot family settled in ...

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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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Blake, Katharine Jex- (1860–1951), classical scholar and college head, was born at Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire on 18 November 1860, one of nine daughters and two sons of Thomas William Jex-Blake (1832–1915), later headmaster of Rugby School and dean of Wells, and his wife, ...

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Blake, Robert Norman William, Baron Blake (1916–2003), historian and college head, was born at Brundall, Norfolk, on 23 December 1916, the elder son of William Joseph Blake, schoolmaster, and his wife, Norah Lindley, née Daynes, the daughter of a leading Norwich solicitor. He was born two weeks after ...

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Blakiston, Herbert Edward Douglas (1862–1942), college head, was born on 5 September 1862 in the parish of St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, Sussex. He was the eldest of the six children of Douglas Yeoman Blakiston (1832–1914) and Sophia Matilda (1826–1912), daughter of ...

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Blumberg, Baruch Samuel [Barry] (1925–2011), biochemist and college head, was born on 28 July 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, the second of three children of Meyer Blumberg, lawyer, and his wife, Ida, née Simonoff. His grandparents had emigrated from Europe to the USA...

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Bolton, Samuel (1605/6–1654), Church of England clergyman and college head, was the son of William Bolton of Lancashire. Educated at Manchester School, he matriculated as a pensioner at Christ's College in 1625, graduated BA in 1629, and proceeded MA in 1632. In 1633 he married ...

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Briggs, Asa, Baron Briggs (1921–2016), historian, university administrator, and college head, was born on 7 May 1921 at 114 Emily Street, Keighley, Yorkshire, the elder of two children of William Walker Briggs (1891–1949) and his wife, Jane, née Spencer (1893–1973...

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Bullock, Alan Louis Charles, Baron Bullock (1914–2004), historian and college head, was born at 14 Rock Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 13 December 1914, the only child of Frank Allen Bullock (1887–1964) and his wife, Edith Annie, née Brand (b. 1888). Frank Bullock...

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Burrows, Christine Mary Elizabeth (1872–1959), educationist and college head, was born at New Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 4 January 1872. She was the only and posthumous child of Henry Parker Burrows (1833–1871), a partner in Langton Burrows Breweries, Maidenhead, and his wife, ...

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Butler, Henry Montagu (1833–1918), college head, was born at Gayton, Northamptonshire, on 2 July 1833. Ninth child of Dr George Butler (1774–1853), headmaster of Harrow School and dean of Peterborough, and his wife, Sarah Maria, daughter of John Gray of Wembley Park, Middlesex...

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Butler, Sir Montagu Sherard Dawes (1873–1952), administrator in India and college head, born at Julian Hill, Harrow, on 19 May 1873, was the third son of Spencer Perceval Butler, barrister, of Lincoln's Inn, later conveyancing counsel to the High Court of Justice and the ...

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Butts, Henry (1575–1632), college head and victim of suicide, was born at Thornage, Norfolk, a younger son of Sir William Butts (1513–1583), who represented Norfolk in the Commons in 1571, and his wife, Joan Bures, daughter of Henry Bures, of Acton, Suffolk; his paternal grandfather was ...