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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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Abrahams, Barnett (1831–1863), college head, was born in Warsaw, Poland, eldest child of Abraham Susman (c.1801–1880), known as Abraham Abrahams, and his second wife, Esther Reisel. His father, a leading authority on Jewish religious slaughter, settled in England in 1839 and was joined by his wife and son two years later. Two further sons were born in 1843 and 1844....

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Adams, John (1662–1720), college head, was born in London, the son of a Lisbon merchant in the City. He was educated at Eton College and at King's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in Lent 1680 and was elected fellow in 1682. He graduated BA (1683), MA (1686), and DD (1705). He then travelled in ...

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Adams, William (1706–1789), Church of England clergyman and college head, was born at Shrewsbury on 17 August 1706, the son of John Adams, mayor of Shrewsbury in 1726, and his wife, Elizabeth Jorden. Adams entered Pembroke College, Oxford, on 6 August 1720, graduated MA in 1727, became fellow of his college and, in 1734, tutor in place of ...

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Adams, William George Stewart (1874–1966), political scientist and college head, was born on 8 November 1874 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of John Adams, headmaster of St John's Grammar School, Hamilton, with Aberdonian farming ancestors, and his wife, ...

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Adamson, John (1576–1651?), university principal and writer, was the son of James Adamson (d. after 1617), provost of Perth. His younger brother was Henry Adamson, poet and historian. He graduated MA from the University of Edinburgh on 30 July 1597. The following year he was made regent of philosophy at ...

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Airay, Henry (1558x60–1616), college head, was born, probably at Kentmere, Westmorland, the son of William Airay (d. 1596?), who was either the brother-in-law or the favourite servant to Bernard Gilpin (1517–1583), the Apostle of the North, so called for his notable preaching and charitable activities. The ...

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Alison, Francis (1705–1779), Presbyterian minister and college principal in America, was born in the parish of Leck in co. Donegal, the son of Robert Alison, a weaver descended from emigrants from Scotland. His mother's name and ancestry are unknown. He may have received his early education at ...

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Allan, Mary Miller (1869–1947), college head, was born at 12 Commerce Street, Glasgow, on 12 August 1869, the youngest of the six children of William Allan, a grain mill manager, and his wife, Margaret. Educated at Garnethill public school, Glasgow, and Dundas Vale Training College, Glasgow...

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Sir Carleton Kemp Allen (1887–1966) by Walter Stoneman, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Andrew, James (1774?–1833), college head, was born in Scotland, probably in Aberdeen in 1774, the son of James Andrew, a tailor, of Aberdeen. He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, from 1788 to 1792 (MA 1792) and may have been ordained a minister (...

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Sir William Reynell Anson, third baronet (1843–1914) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1895 All Souls College, Oxford

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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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Anyan, Thomas (1582?–1633?), college head, was born at Sandwich, Kent, probably about 25 February 1582. He matriculated at Oxford University from Lincoln College on 14 October 1597. On 9 March 1601 he became a scholar at Corpus Christi, from where he graduated BA on 7 June 1602 and proceeded MA on 2 May 1606; he was elected fellow on 21 November 1608....

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Arbuthnot, Alexander (1538–1583), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was the second son of Andrew Arbuthnot of Pitcarles in Kincardineshire. He himself wrote a valuable history of the Arbuthnot family, which survives as MS 2764 in Aberdeen University Library. He was educated at ...

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Argentine, John (c. 1443–1508), physician and college head, was the most eminent of the first generation of Italian-trained doctors to return to a medical and academic career in England. He was born at Bottisham in Cambridgeshire, into a well-connected family; he entered Eton College...

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Arnott, Struther (1934–2013), molecular biologist and university principal, was born at 39 Burnhead Road, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, on 25 September 1934, the son of Charles McCann, a farmer, and Christina Struthers Arnott (1900–1965), an honours graduate in chemistry and mathematics who later became a schoolteacher. He was educated at ...

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Arrowsmith, John (1602–1659), college head and theologian, was born on 29 March 1602 in Gateshead; nothing is known of his parents or early life. He entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1616 and graduated BA in 1620. He proceeded MA in 1623, and in the same year became a fellow of ...