Henry Drury

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For the archdeacon, see Henry Drury (priest).

Henry Joseph Thomas "Harry" Drury (27 April 1778 – 5 March 1841) was an English educator, classical scholar, and friend of Lord Byron.

Henry Drury was born 27 April 1778,[1] at Harrow, London, the son of Joseph Drury, headmaster of Harrow School and educated at Harrow and Eton College. He was a graduate (BA 1801 and MA 1804) and later Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.[2]

He was a master at Harrow for 41 years from 1801 to 1841 and was tutor there to Lord Byron to whom he became a close friend and correspondent.

Drury was elected to the Roxburghe Club on its first anniversary in 1813.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in February 1818 [4]

He died at Harrow on 5 March 1841.[5] In 1808 he had married Caroline Tayler, daughter of Archdale Wilson Tayler. Caroline's sister Susannah later married Francis Hodgson, Provost of Eton.

A mezzotint of Drury by Thomas Hodgetts, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter is in the National Portrait Gallery (London)


  1. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
  2. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
  3. ^ http://www.roxburgheclub.org.uk
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses