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Barron, John Penrose (1934–2008), classical scholar and college head, was born on 27 April 1934 at 13 Thornfield Terrace, Morley, Yorkshire, the son of George Barron, a secondary school teacher, and his wife, Minnie Leslie, née Marks (1908–1994). His father was the head of mathematics at the local grammar school and his mother, from a Cornish family, was the daughter of a builder. ...

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John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895) by Sir George Reid, 1893 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Blackie, John Stuart (1809–1895), classical and Scottish Gaelic scholar, was born on 28 July 1809 in Charlotte Street, Glasgow, the eldest son of Alexander Blackie (bap. 1780, d. 1856), banker, and Helen (1783–1819), daughter of William Stodart of Hamilton and his wife, ...

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Katharine Jex- Blake (1860–1951) by unknown photographer The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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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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Burrows, Ronald Montagu (1867–1920), classical scholar and university principal, was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, on 16 August 1867, the youngest of the three sons of the Revd Leonard Francis Burrows, a master at Rugby School and later rector of Limington, Somerset, and his wife, ...

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Sir Kenneth James Dover (1920–2010) by Peter G. Adamson, 1987 courtesy of St Andrews University Library

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Dover, Sir Kenneth James (1920–2010), Greek scholar and college head, was born on 11 March 1920 at 100 Beverstone Road, Thornton Heath, London, the only child of Percy Henry James Dover (1892–1978), a minor staff officer in the Ministry of Transport, and his wife, ...

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Duncan, William (1717–1760), natural philosopher and classicist, elder son of William Duncan, an Aberdeen tradesman, and his wife, Euphemia Kirkwood, daughter of a wealthy farmer in Haddingtonshire, was born in Aberdeen in July 1717. He had several sisters and a younger brother, John...

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Dunlop, Alexander (1684–1747), Greek scholar and university teacher, was born in the North American colony of Carolina, the son of William Dunlop (1653/4–1700) and his wife, Sarah Carstairs, a cousin who was the sister of William Carstares (1649–1715), a leading politician in Scotland...

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Farnell, Lewis Richard (1856–1934), college head and classical scholar, was born at Salisbury on 19 January 1856, the sixth child and third son of John Wilson Farnell and his wife, Harriot Pritchard. His father was then established as a draper in Salisbury, but in 1858, involved in the ruin of a brother, had to move his family to ...

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Fry, Thomas (1718–1772), classical scholar and college head, was the son of Thomas Fry, of Pipe Lane, Bristol. He was educated at Bristol grammar school until 1732, and was then admitted to St John's College, Oxford, as a Bristol fellow. He took his BA degree in 1736, was MA in 1740, and took priest's orders in 1744, a BD in 1745, and a DD in 1750....

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Grose, Thomas Hodge (1845–1906), classicist and university administrator, born at Redruth in Cornwall on 9 November 1845, was the fourth son of James Grose, a Wesleyan minister. An elder brother, James, went to India in 1860 in the civil service, and died a member of council at ...

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Hunter, John (1745–1837), classical scholar and college principal, was born in the autumn of 1745 at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, where his father is said to have been a farmer. Although left an orphan in boyhood, he received a good elementary education before entering Edinburgh University...

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Sir John Pentland Mahaffy (1839–1919) by Fradelle & Young © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mahaffy, Sir John Pentland (1839–1919), college head and classical scholar, was born at Chapponnaire, near Vevey, Switzerland, on 26 February 1839, the seventh and youngest child of the Revd Nathaniel B. Mahaffy, a small landowner in co. Donegal, and his wife, Elizabeth Pentland...

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McCrum, Michael William (1924–2005), classicist, headmaster, and college head, was born at 3 Ashburton Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire, on 23 May 1924, the third of the four sons of Captain Cecil Robert McCrum (1892–1976), naval officer, and his wife, Ivy Hilda Constance (1891–1990), daughter of ...

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Moor, Michael (1640–1726), classical scholar and university principal, was born in Bridge Street, Dublin, the son of Patrick Moore, a Roman Catholic merchant, and his wife, Mary Dowdall of Mountown. His initial education took place in Dublin and subsequently at the College of the Oratorians...

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John Sinclair Morrison (1913–2000) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morrison, John Sinclair (1913–2000), classical scholar and college head, was born on 15 June 1913 at Walstead Grange, Lindfield, Sussex, the grandson of William Morrison of New York, USA, who settled at Stagbury, Chipstead, Surrey, and the son of Sinclair Morrison, a company director, and his wife, ...