List of Old Guildfordians (Royal Grammar School, Guildford)

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The Old Building in the upper High Street in 1997 with a vintage bus returning from a day trip

The Royal Grammar School (originally "The Free School")[1] is a selective English independent day school for boys in Guildford, Surrey. Its foundation dates to the death in 1509 of Robert Beckingham who left a provision in his will to "make a free scole at the Towne of Guldford";[2] in 1512 a governing body was set up to form the school. The school moved to the present site in the upper High Street after the granting of a royal charter from King Edward VI on 27 January 1553.[3][4] The school became independent and fee paying on 1 September 1977, when the parents and staff raised sufficient funds to purchase it following concerns about the abolition of grammar schools and the introduction of comprehensive education.[5] Initially the school educated 30 of the "poorest men's sons",[6] however numbers have since grown to approximately 900 students, 300 of whom are in the sixth form.[7]

Former pupils of the school are referred to as "Old Guildfordians" and are often referred to as "OGs" in official school correspondence.[8] Since the school's founding, notable alumni have included the 75th Archbishop of Canterbury, Olympic athletes, the longest serving speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, several members of the parliament of the United Kingdom, a founding member of the East India Company and the 11th Premier of New Zealand.

Old Guildfordians[edit]

Image Name Leaving year Notes
Abbot G !George Abbot
George Abbot 1578 An English divine, who served as the 75th Archbishop of Canterbury and the fourth Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin. He also founded The Hospital of the Blessed Trinity, an alms house situated on the High Street in Guildford, Surrey. [9][10][11]
Sir Maurice Abbot A British merchant who was Lord Mayor of London in 1638. He was an original member of the East India Company and was involved in the settling of the colony of Virginia in 1624. [10][12]
Abbot R !Robert Abbot
Robert Abbot 1577 An Anglican clergyman and brother of George Abbot. Robert was elected master of Balliol College, Oxford in 1609, and subsequently Bishop of Salisbury from 1615–17. [10][11][13]
Sir John Allison 1961 Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force, and Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State. He is also a Knight Commander in the Order of the Bath and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. [14][15]
Gareth Bennett 1943 Anglican clergyman and academic who committed suicide in the wake of media reactions to an anonymous preface he wrote for Crockford's Clerical Directory. [16]
Bird !Simon Bird
Simon Bird 2003 An actor, writer and comedian, who is best known for playing Will McKenzie in the BAFTA-winning TV comedy The Inbetweeners produced by Channel E4. [17]
Burnel !James Gair
James Gair 1968 Musician, producer, songwriter and bass guitarist with the British rock band The Stranglers. [18]
John Rand Capron c.1845 An English amateur scientist, astronomer and photographer. Though a solicitor by profession, he became an expert on spectroscopy, particularly in relation to the aurora, and published many articles during his lifetime. [19]
Leonard Colebrook 1896 An English physician and bacteriologist who introduced a number of measures to improve cleanliness in hospitals, and discovered the cure for puerperal fever. [20][21]
Henry Cotton c.1566 An English bishop, who became Bishop of Salisbury in 1598. He was also godson to Elizabeth I and one of her personal chaplains. [11][22][23]
William Cotton An English bishop, who became Bishop of Exeter in 1598. [10][11]
John Derrick c.1555 Queen's coroner for Surrey who made a legal deposition containing the first reference to cricket in the English language. [24]
Furse !Lt.-Gen. Sir William Thomas Furse
Lt.-Gen. Sir William Thomas Furse 1883 Lieutenant-General in the British Army and Master-General of the Ordnance. [11]
Godwin !Lt.-Col. Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen
Lt.-Col. Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen 1851 English topographer, geologist and surveyor. First explorer of the second highest mountain on Earth, K2 (formerly Mt. Godwin-Austen). [25]
Grey !Sir George Grey
Sir George Grey 1826 Soldier, explorer, Governor of South Australia, twice Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Cape Colony (South Africa), and the 11th Prime Minister of New Zealand. [26][27]
Gristwood !Graham Gristwood
Graham Gristwood 2002 Orienteering world relay champion in 2008. [28]
Professor Andrew D. Hamilton 1971 Former Provost of Yale University, Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford. [8][29][30]
Professor Peter Haynes - Head of Department at DAMTP University of Cambridge. [31]
Horne !Robert Horne
Robert Horne A leading Protestant reformist, and one of the Marian exiles who fled to the continent during the reign of Mary I of England. He was subsequently Bishop of Winchester. [11]
Jones !Terry Jones
Terry Jones 1961 A Welsh comedian, screenwriter, actor and film director, known for his roles in the Monty Python's Flying Circus television series, and the film Monty Python's Life of Brian. [32][33]
Lord Mark Kerr 1801 Admiral in the Royal Navy. Son of the fifth Marquess of Lothian. [11][34]
Knight !Arthur Knight
Arthur Knight Captain of England association football team & Olympic gold medalist in 1912. [35]
Mark Lambert 2003 Harlequins and England U-21 rugby union international. [36][37]
Lintott !Evelyn Lintott
Evelyn Lintott England association football international and Lieutenant in the British Army. [38]
Martin !Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Thomas Byam Martin Admiral in the Royal Navy who served during both the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, who was credited for reforming and modernising the Royal Navy. He was also the Member of Parliament for Plymouth, but was dismissed as comptroller of the Navy by King William IV for criticising attempts to reduce the Navy budget. [39][40]
Morgan !Conway Lloyd Morgan
Conway Lloyd Morgan 1869 Comparative psychologist and philosopher, Vice-Chancellor of University of Bristol. [41]
Onslow A !Arthur Onslow
Arthur Onslow 1709 Politician and the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons. [42]
John Parkhurst c.1525 An English Marian exile and subsequently Bishop of Norwich. [10][43]
Robert Parkhurst c.1585 English merchant who was elected Lord Mayor of London in 1635. [10][44]
Maurice Pryce 1929 Wykeham Professor of Physics [45]
Purnell !James Purnell
James Purnell 1988 Member of the UK parliament and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. [46][47]
Rickman !John Rickman
John Rickman 1785 English government official and statistician who created the census in 1800. [48][49]
Russell !John Russell
John Russell Painter and a member of the Royal Academy. [50][51][52]
Salmon !Major-General Andy Salmon
Major-General Andy Salmon 1975 Commandant General Royal Marines from June 2009 until February 2010. [11][53]
Mackenzie Taylor c.1997 A British comic, writer and director with bipolar schizoaffective disorder, who committed suicide in 2010 aged 32. [54]
Tyler !Martin Tyler
Martin Tyler 1964 An English football commentator with Sky Sports who was voted as the FA Premier League "Commentator of the Decade". [11][55][56]
Victor Willing 1945 A British painter, who attended the Slade School of Fine Art. His work was mainly abstract in style. [57]
Willis !Bob Willis
Bob Willis 1968 England cricket captain, who is, as of June 2011, England's second-highest wicket taker, behind Ian Botham. Willis also works as a Sky Sports cricket commentator with Botham. [11][55][58]
Peter Zinovieff c.1947 Founder of Electronic Music Studios. [59]


"—" indicates year of leaving is unknown.

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