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Brent, Sir Nathanael (1573/4–1652), ecclesiastical lawyer and college head, was one of twelve children and the fifth son of Anker Brent (d. 1598) of Little Wolford, Warwickshire, and of his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Prat of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Chosen in 1589 postmaster (scholar) of ...

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Byng, Thomas (d. 1599), civil lawyer and college head, was the second son of John Byng of Wrotham in Kent and his wife, Agnes, daughter of Robert Spencer. His elder brother, Robert, was the ancestor of the well-known naval and military family. Thomas Byng...

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Calcutt, Sir David Charles (1930–2004), barrister and college head, was born on 2 November 1930 at Berkeley Nursing Home, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, the only child of Alfred Henry (Harry) Calcutt (d. 1972), pharmacist, and his wife, Christine Linda, née Young. His early life was shaped by his musicality. A chorister at ...

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Fisher, Sir Henry Arthur Pears [Harry] (1918–2005), barrister, judge, and college head, was born at The Hall, Repton, Derbyshire, on 20 January 1918, the eldest of six sons of the Revd Geoffrey Francis Fisher (1887–1972), then headmaster of Repton School, and his wife, ...

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Alsager Vian

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Frere, William (1775–1836), serjeant-at-law and college head, was born on 28 November 1775, the fourth son of the antiquary John Frere (1740–1807) of Roydon, Norfolk, and Jane (1746–1813), daughter of John Hookham of Beddington, Surrey. He was the younger brother of the diplomatist and author ...

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(Sara) Margery Fry (1874–1958) by Claude Rogers, 1939 © Estate of Claude Rogers; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas L. Hodgkin

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Fry, (Sara) Margery (1874–1958), penal reformer and college head, was born at Highgate, London, on 11 March 1874, the eighth child and sixth daughter of Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918), judge of the High Court, Chancery Division, and his wife, Mariabella Hodgkin (1833–1930). Joan Mary Fry...

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Harvey, Henry (d. 1585), civil lawyer and college head, was the son of Robert and Joan Harvey of Stradbroke, Suffolk. He graduated LLB from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1538 and LLD in 1542. An active and successful ecclesiastical lawyer, Harvey was admitted to the ...

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Leeds [Lydes], Edward (d. 1590), civilian and college head, was born at Benenden in Kent, the second son of William Leeds and Elizabeth Vinall. He graduated BA from Cambridge in 1542–3 (disproving the statement that he was a 'monk of Ely'), proceeded MA in 1546, and was created LLD in 1568. ...

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Lewis, David (c. 1520–1584), civil lawyer and college head, was born at Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, the eldest son of Lewis Wallis, later vicar of Abergavenny, and his wife, Lucy, daughter of Llewelyn Thomas Lloyd of Bedwellte in the same county. The father, whose full Welsh name was ...

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Neill, Francis Patrick (Pat), Baron Neill of Bladen (1926–2016), barrister, public servant, and college head, was born on 8 August 1926 at 12 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead, London, the youngest of four children (a daughter and three sons) of Sir Thomas Neill...

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Francis Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen (1926-2016), by David Sandison, 2003

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Taylor, Sir Thomas Murray (1897–1962), lawyer and university principal, was born at Keith, Banffshire, on 27 May 1897, the only son of John Taylor, farmer and head of a firm of cattle dealers, and his wife, Jenny Nichol Murray. From Keith grammar school...