John Tolson

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John Tolson D.D. (died 16 December 1644) was an English academic administrator at the University of Oxford.

Tolson was elected Provost (head) of Oriel College, Oxford on 29 June 1621, a post he held until his death in 1644.[1] During his time as Provost of Oriel College, he was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[2][3] In 1642, at the start of the English Civil War, the Vice-Chancellor John Prideaux left Oxford to take up his position as Bishop of Worcester without formally resigning. His duties were discharged by the Pro-Vice-Chancellors Robert Pincke and then John Tolson. On 7 February 1643, Tolson formally became Vice-Chancellor.[3]


  1. ^ Salter, H. E. and Lobel, Mary D., ed. (1954). "Oriel College and St. Mary Hall". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 119–131. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b University of Oxford (1888). "Vice-Chancellors". The Historical Register of the University of Oxford. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 21–27. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Lewis
Provost of Oriel College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Saunders
Preceded by
John Prideaux
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Robert Pincke