Part 1 - Invitation Response

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Invitation Response


  • 7th November 1833 (Creation)

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(c. 1786 - 12 November 1849)

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Master of Jesus College, 1820-1849.

William French was the son of Thomas French, a wealthy yeoman at Eye in Suffolk. He was educated at Ipswich Grammar School. In 1807 he entered Gonville and Caius College and was second wrangler and Smith's prizeman. He graduated BA in 1811 and MA in 1814. In 1811 he was elected as a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College. He became a University Proctor in 1816.

In 1821 he married Elizabeth Maria, daughter of John Wythe of Eye, and was made DD by Royal Mandate, and served in the office of Vice-Chancellor. He held this position again in 1834, when he also acted as one of the syndics appointed to superintend the building of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

In 1827 he was presented by the Lord Chancellor to the living of Moor Monkton, Yorkshire. In 1832 he became a canon of Ely Cathedral.

He died in the lodge at Jesus College on 12 November 1849.

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Invitation response from Pembroke Lodge stating that Dr & Mrs Ainslie will have great pleasure in dining with the Master of Jesus College and Mrs French on Tuesday the 12th of November. Dated November 7th.

At the bottom of the response two rough calculations, not specified.

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