Herbert John Reynolds and John Thomas Walford: Notes on Lectures by Richard Shilleto

Scope and Content

MS.Add.5937: Herbert J. Reynolds, notes taken of lectures by Richard Shilleto, c. 1852-1853, 69 folios.

(Fo. 1) Notes on Demosthenes Peri tes Parasresbeias; (fo. 15) notes on Tacitus Annals XIII and XIV, May 1852; (fo. 28) notes on Persius' and Juvenal's Satires, October 1852; (fo. 34) Reynolds, Latin hexameters, 1853; (fo. 35) notes on Demosthenes in Aphobum I and II; (fo. 43v) notes on Plato's Theactetus. On fos 69v-61v are notes taken by Reynolds of lectures by R. Crowfoot on 'Polycarp Ad Philippenses Epistolae', incomplete at the beginning, and on fos 60v-55v notes by Reynolds on the 1st and 2nd Epistles of Peter. Many of the versos are blank. On fo. 43v is the autograph in pencil of W.C. Green.

MS.Add.5938: J.T. Walford, notes taken of lectures by Richard Shilleto, 1853, 91 folios.

(Fo. 2) Notes on Cicero in Verrem, April 1853; (fo. 22) notes on Juvenal Sat. III-VIII; (fo. 32) notes on Persius' Satires; (fo. 49) notes on Tacitus' Histories Bk I. On fo. 1: 'J. T. Walford K.C. April 1853'.

MS.Add.5639: J.T. Walford, notes taken of lectures by Richard Shilleto, 1854, 66 folios.

(Fo. 2v) Notes on Herodotus, 19 January - 10 June 1854; (fo. 27) note on Livy Bk XXIII, Easter term 1854; (fo. 36v) notes on Thucydides Bk VIII.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert John Reynolds (d. 1916) was born at Stoke Newington, Middlesex, the son of Samuel Reynolds, surgeon. He attended Eton, before entering King's College, Cambridge, in 1852 (B.A., 1856), where he became a fellow in 1855. He served in the Bengal Civil Service, 1855-1889. He was secretary to the Board of Revenue, 1874-1880; a member of the Governor-General's Legislative Council, 1880-1882 and 1884; vice-chancellor of Calcutta University, 1883-1884; a member of the Bengal Legislative Council, 1881, 1883, 1885 and 1887; a member of the Board of Revenue, 1884; and chairman of the Port Commissioners, Calcutta, 1887. He retired in 1889, and was J.P. for Middlesex, 1891. Reynolds died on 30 November 1916.

John Thomas Walford (1834-1894) was born at Hatfield Peverel, Essex, the son of the Revd William Walford. He attended Eton, before entering King's College, Cambridge, in 1853 (B.A., 1858; M.A. 1861), where he was fellow, 1856-1866. He was admitted to Oxford in 1862. He was assistant master at Lancing, 1859-1860, and at Eton, 1861-1865. In 1866 he joined the Church of Rome. He became assistant master at Edgbaston under Cardinal Newman, and became a Jesuit. He was employed subsequently in Malta, Liverpool, Holywell, North Wales and at Beaumont College, Windsor, and as professor at St Beuno's College, St Asaph. He died at Roehampton, Surrey, on 9 January 1894.

Richard Shilleto (1809-1876) was born on 25 November 1809, the son of John Shilleto of Ulleskelf, Yorkshire. He was educated at Repton and at Shrewsbury School, before being admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1828 to study classics (B.A., 1832; M.A., 1835). He took orders, lectured at Trinity and King's, and worked as a private coach. He became a fellow of Peterhouse in 1867, and served as assistant tutor, dean and praelector of the college. Shilleto was an acclaimed Greek scholar with a great knowledge of Greek prose. He died on 24 September 1876 at his house in Bateman Street.

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Presented by R. StJ. Parry, 1911.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on Richard Shiletto in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVIII (London, 1909), pp. 106-107; on H.J. Reynolds in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 280; and on J.T. Walford in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 313.

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