Edmund Gonville

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Edmund Gonville
Died 1351
Known for Founder of Gonville Hall, Cambridge
Religion Catholic [1]
Parents William de Gonvile
Cambridge University, Gonville & Caius College, from King's Parade
Cambridge University, Gate of Honour, Gonville & Caius College

Edmund Gonville (died 1351) founded Gonville Hall in 1348, which later was re-founded by John Caius to become Gonville and Caius College. Gonville Hall was his third foundation. Before this he had founded two religious houses, a College at Rushworth, Norfolk, 1342 (suppressed in 1541) and the Hospital of St John at Lynn, Norfolk.[2] The origin of his wealth is obscure.

His father was William Gonville, a Frenchman domiciled in England, who owned the Manor of Lerling and other property in Norfolk. William's eldest son was Sir Nicholas Gonville who married an heiress of the Lerling family.[3]

Gonville worked for King Edward III of England, including lending him money. In return he was rewarded with appointment as King's clerk (a title later known as Secretary of State).[1] After Gonville, supported by Sir Walter Manny, petitioned Edward III for permission to set up a college for 20 scholars at the University of Cambridge, permission was granted and Edward III issued Letters patent in January 1348.[1]

Offices Held[edit]

Religious titles
Preceded by
unknown
Rector of Thelnetham, Suffolk
1320-1326
Succeeded by
unknown
Preceded by
unknown
Rector of Rushford, Norfolk
13260-1342
Succeeded by
unknown
Preceded by
unknown
Rector of Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk
1342-1351
Succeeded by
unknown

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External links[edit]

  • Edmund Gonville from the website of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge