John Edward Bickersteth Mayor: Historical Papers

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6670: Annals of the University of Cambridge, 1500-1700, a year-by-year collection of notes and quotations, in English and Latin, 287 folios.

MS.Add.6671: 'Athenae Britannicae', a list of notables, mostly connected in some way to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, arranged in alphabetical order, with biographical and other references, 320 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Edward Bickersteth Mayor (1825-1910), classical scholar and divine, was educated at Christ's Hospital, Shrewsbury, and St John's College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow in 1849. He was master at Marlborough, 1849-1853, and classical tutor at St John's from 1853, and published Baker's History of St John's College (2 vols.) in 1869. Mayor was Cambridge University Librarian, 1864-1867, and in 1872 was made Professor of Latin at the university, a position he held until his death. He published biographies of Nicholas Ferrar (1855), Matthew Robinson (1856), Ambrose Benwicke (1870), and William Bedell (1870); edited books iii and iv of Bede's Ecclesiastical history, in collaboration with J.R. Lumby (1878); and edited works by Cicero, Homer, Pliny, and Quintilian. His other publications include A biography of Latin literature (1875), A first Greek reader (1868), and First German reader (1910).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by the Revd Professor J.E.B. Mayor, 1910.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Mayor in theConcise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 464.

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