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Head Master, Westminster School

Carleton, John Dudley, 1908-1974

  • GB-2014-WSA-00018
  • Person
  • 1908-1974

Carleton, John Dudley, son of Brig.-Gen. Frederick Montgomerie Carleton DSO, of Butler's Marston, Warks, and Emma Gwendolen Priscilla, d. of Sampson Samuel Lloyd of Dolobran, Montgom.; b. 29 Aug. 1908; adm. Jan. 1922 (H); left July 1927; Merton Coll. Oxf., matric. 1927, BA 1930, MA 1947; an asst master at the school 1932-49; War Office (attd Special Forces) 1941- 5; appointed Under Master Election 1949 (on the revival of that office); Head Master 29 June 1957 to 31 Aug. 1970; chairman Westminster Sch. Soc. Council 1946-57; a Busby Trustee 1969-74; pres. Elizabethan Club 1974; author of Westminster 1938, Westminster School 1965; m. 5 Aug. 1965 Janet Buchanan, writer under the name of Janet Adam Smith, d. of Very Rev. Sir George Adam Smith DD, Principal of Aberdeen Univ., and widow of Michael Roberts, Prin­cipal of Coll. of St Mark & St John, Chelsea; d. 6 Nov. 1974.

Ireland, Richard, 1571-1636

  • GB-2014-WSA-09909
  • Person
  • 1571-1636

IRELAND, RICHARD, son of Richard Ireland, King Street, Westminster, fishmonger, and Margaret Floud; bapt. 15 Jul 1571; at school (aged 11) 2 Jul 1582; QS; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1587, matr. 9 Feb 1587/8, Westminster Student to 1598; BA 1591; MA 1594; Head Master of the School 1598- still Jan 1610, when in consideration of his health a joint patent of the Head Mastership, dated 25 Jan 1609/10, was granted to him and to John Wilson (elected Oxford 1602, qv); a few months later he became a Roman Catholic and fled to France; resident at Collège d’Arras, Paris, at 10 Jan 1617; living in London as a RC priest in 1623 (Foley, History of the English Province, i, 680); d. c. 1636 (will dated Douai 9 Oct 1636, proved Paris 12 Jul 1637).

Grant, Edward, d. 1601

  • GB-2014-WSA-08131
  • Person
  • d. 1601

GRANT, EDWARD; b.; at school under Passey and Randal (Wood, Athenae Oxonienses, I, 711); St. John’s Coll. Cambridge, sizar, matr. 22 Feb 1563/4; migrated to Exeter Coll., Oxford; BA 27 Feb 1571/2; MA 1572 (incorp. Cambridge 16 Dec 1573); BD Cambridge 1578/9 (incorp. Oxford 19 May 1579); DD Cambridge 1588; preacher at Cambridge Univ. 1580; an Assistant Master at the School 1570-2, Head Master 1572 – Feb 1592/3; ordained; Prebendary of Westminster from 26 May 1577, subsequently Sub-Dean; Rector of Shenley, Herts., 1581; Rector of South Benfleet, Essex 22 Dec 1584-5; Rector of Bintree and Foulsham, Norfolk 20 Nov 1586-94; Prebendary of Ely from 1589, also Prebendary of Salisbury Jan 1592 – Jun 1593 or later; Rector of East Barnet, Herts., from 3 Nov 1586; Rector of Algarkirk, Lincs., from 1594; Rector of Toppesfield, Essex, from 22 Apr 1598; “the most noted Latinist and Grecian of his time” (Wood, ibid. ); an intimate friend of Roger Ascham; author, Graecae Linguae Spicilegium, 1575, afterward epitomised by William Camden as Institutio Graecae Grammaticae Compendiaria in Usum Scholae Regiae Westmonasteriensis, 1597, the book becoming known in later years as the Eton Greek Grammar; m. Susan ---; d. 4 Aug 1601. Buried Westminster Abbey. DNB.

Smith, Samuel, 1731-1808

  • GB-2014-WSA-00025
  • Person
  • 1731-1808

SMITH, SAMUEL, son of Samuel Smith, Compton Street, London, merchant, and Christian, dau. of Rev. Edward Pain, Winchester; b. 17 Jul 1731; adm. (aged 12) Jul 1744; KS 1746; elected to Trinity Coll. Cambridge 1750, adm. pens. 14 Jun 1750, scholar 26 Apr 1751, matr. 1751; BA 1754; MA 1757; LLD 1764; Minor Fellow, Trinity Coll. 2 Oct 1756, Major Fellow 6 Jul 1757; ordained deacon 21 Sep 1755, priest 21 Dec 1755 (both Ely); Head Master of the School Jun 1764 -–88; Rector of Walpole St. Andrew, Norfolk, from 1762; Rector of Dry Drayton, Cambs., from 1785; Prebendary of Westminster from 29 Mar 1787, and of Peterborough from 28 Sep 1787; Busby Trustee 10 Apr 1766; m. 1st, 27 Aug 1764 Ann, dau. of John Jackson, King Street, Westminster; m. 2nd, 9 May 1791 Susanna, sister of Thomas Pettingal (qv); m. 3rd, 19 Jun 1794 Ann Pinckney, Cathedral Precinct, Peterborough, Northants; d. 23 Mar 1808. Buried North Aisle, Westminster Abbey.

Busby, Richard, 1606-1695

  • GB-2014-WSA-00002
  • Person
  • 1606-1695

BUSBY, RICHARD, second son of Richard Busby, Lutton, otherwise Sutton St. Nicholas, Lincs., and ---, sister of Henry Robinson, Westminster ; b. 22 Sep 1606 ; adm. ; KS (Capt.) ; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1624, matr. 10 Feb 1625/6, Westminster Student to 1661, Tutor 1632-7 ; BA 1628 (incorp.Camb.1628) ; MA 1631 ; DD 1660 ; acted the part of Cratander in Cartwright’s Royal Slave before the King and Queen at Christ Church 30 Aug 1636, with great success ; ordained ; appointed Head Master of the School in the place of Lambert Osbaldeston (qv) in 1638/9, but not confirmed in that office until 23 Dec 1640 ; Prebendary of Wells and Rector of Cudworth, Somerset, 1 Jul 1639 ; ejected from his stall and rectory during the Commonwealth, but was allowed to retain his Studentship at Christ Church and his post at Westminster ; there is no evidence that he took either the Covenant or the Engagement, and of his loyalty both to Church and King there is no question ; Robert South (qv) relates that “the King was publicly prayed for in this school but an hour or two (at most) before his sacred head was struck off”, while John Owen, Dean of Christ Church, used often to say that “it would never be well with the nation till this School was suppressed” (Sermons preached upon several occasions by Robert South, 1865, i, 420-32) ; his chief trouble during the Commonwealth seems to have been with the Under Master, Edward Bagshaw (qv), who was eventually dismissed from the School by the Governors, May 1658 ; restored as Prebendary of Wells on the Restoration, also Canon Residentiary and Treasurer from 11 Aug 1660 ; Proctor in Convocation, Diocese of Bath and Wells ; Prebendary of Westminster from 5 Jul 1660, Treasurer 1660-72, Archdeacon from 1672 ; carried the ampulla at the Coronation of Charles II, 23 Apr 1661, and the orb and cross at the Coronation of James II, 23 Apr 1685 ; a great schoolmaster and a most successful teacher ; “the soil”, says Steele, “which he manured, always grew fertile” ; gained the respect and veneration of his pupils in spite of his excessive use of the birch ; his chair is preserved up School, and many of the books which he bequeathed to the School are still in the Busby Library, built by him at his own expense ; the Busby Trustees, thirteen in number and always OWW, still carry out the charitable trusts of his will for the benefit of the poorer clergy and others ; author, Graecae Grammaticae Rudimenta, 1663, and other books for the use of the School ; d. unm. 5 Apr 1695 ; buried in the Choir, Westminster Abbey, in front of the steps leading to the Sacrarium, under the black and white marble pavement of which he was the donor ; monument by Bird in Poet’s Corner. DNB ; see also G.F.Russell Barker, Memoir of Richard Busby, 1695.

Christie, John Traill, 1899-1980

  • GB-2014-WSA-00012
  • Person
  • 1899-1980

Son of Charles Henry Fehler Christie DLJP, of Ongar, Essex, and Margaret Eleanor, d. of Rev. Charles Samuel Palmer, Canon of Hereford; b. 19 Oct. 1899; ed. Winchester Coll. (schol.) and Trinity Coll. Oxf. (schol.); BA 1922 (1st class Hons Lit. Hum.), MA 1928; asst master Rugby Sch. 1922-8; Fellow and Tutor Magd. Coll. Oxf. 1928-32; HM Repton Sch. 1932-7; succeeded as Head Master of the School Apr. 1937; presided over the six years of evacuation during WW2 at Lancing, Exeter, and Bromyard, Herefordshire; retd 1950; Principal of Jesus Coll. Oxf. 1950-67, Hon. Fellow 1967; taught Classics at the School 1967-9; m. 1933 Lucie Catherine, d. of Thomas Philip Le Fanu CB, of Bray, Ireland; died 8 Sept. 1980.

Osbaldeston (or Osbolston), Lambert, d. 1659

  • GB-2014-WSA-019373
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  • d. 1659

OSBALDESTON (or OSBOLSTON), LAMBERT, brother of William Osbaldeston (qv); b. ; adm. ; KS 16 Jan 1608/9; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1612, matr. 20 Oct 1615, Westminster Student; BA 1616; MA 1619 (incorp. Cambridge 1628); adm. Gray’s Inn 25 Oct 1615; a joint patent of the Head Mastership of the School was granted to John Wilson (elected to Oxford 1602, qv) and to Osbaldeston 7 Dec 1621; succeeded Wilson as Head Master 1622, his patent being dated 5 Dec 1622; ordained; Prebendary of Lincoln 18 Jul 1629 – deprived Feb 1638/9, restored 28 May 1641; Prebendary of Westminster 22 Jul 1629 – deprived Feb 1638/9, restored 28 May 1641; Rector of Wheathampstead, Herts. , 1637 – deprived Feb 1638/9, later restored; sentenced to the pillory by Court of Star Chamber 14 Feb 1638/9, for calling Archbishop Laud “the little meddling hocus-pocus”, also incurring two fines of £5000 each and the forfeiture of the Head Mastership and his ecclesiastical preferments; lived in concealment in Drury Lane until meeting of Parliament in Nov 1640; restored to preferments other than Head Mastership 1641; Prebendary of Wells from 2 Nov 1641; an annuity of £100 was granted to him by the Governors of Westminster School after the abolition of Deans and Chapters by Parliament in 1649; his living of Wheathampstead seems to have been again sequestered; spent last few years of life in retirement; Osbaldeston was a learned man and a good schoolmaster; Wood says that he was “very fortunate in breeding up many wits” (Ath. Oxon. , iii, 363), and Fuller states that in 1638 there were “above fourscore doctors in the two universities and three learned faculties all gratefully acknowledging their education under him” (Church History, ed. Brewer, vi, 158); unm. ; buried South Aisle, Westminster Abbey 7 Oct 1659. DNB.

Passey, John, 1531-?

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  • Person
  • 1531-?

Born Shropshire 1531 ; Christ Church, Oxford, Student 1549-57 ; BA 1551 ; MA 1555 ; Head Master, Westminster School, appointed in year from Michaelmas 1557 to Michaelmas 1558.

Williams, -, fl. 1561

  • GB-2014-WSA-19646
  • Person
  • fl. 1561

Head Master of Westminster School, 1561.

Costley-White, Harold, 1878-1966

  • GB-2014-WSA-00011
  • Person
  • 1878-1966

Son of Robert William Costley-White and Jessie Maria, d. of Thomas Arnold Marten JP, of Swansea; b. 9 Nov. 1878; ed. Malvern Coll. and Balliol Coll. Oxf. (schol.); BA 190 l , MA 1904, DD 1924; ord. priest 1903; asst master Sherborne Sch. 1901-3, Rugby Sch. 1903-10 and 1915-7; HM Bradfield Coll. 1910-4, Principal Liverpool Coll. 1917-9; succeeded as Head Master of the School Sept. 1919, retd Mar. 1937; Canon of Westminster 1936-8; Dean of Gloucester 1938-53; Select Preacher Camb. Univ. 1927 and 1938, Oxf. Univ. 1929-31; Chaplain to H M the King 1932-8; m. 3 Jan. 1913 Constance Hope Hewetson Guest, d. of Sir Alfred Washington Guest Ranger Kt, of South Crovdon, Surrev; died 5 Apr. 1966.

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