Roger Lupton

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Roger Lupton (1456–27 February 1539/40)[1] was an English ecclesiastic and college head.

He was born in the parish of Sedbergh, then in Yorkshire, in the year 1456. He was at King's College, Cambridge. In 1483, he graduated as a Bachelor of Canon Law from the University of Cambridge, and as a Doctor of Canon Law in 1504.[2]

Shortly after his graduation in 1483, he served in the Chancery Court, and went on to become Rector of Harlton, Cambridgeshire, and then a Canon of Windsor in 1500. He was elected a Fellow and then Provost of Eton College in February 1503/4, which post he retained until 1535.

1525 is the accepted date when Roger Lupton began to provide for a Chantry School in Sedbergh (Sedbergh School). A few scholars were gathered together under a Chaplain, one Henry Blomeyr. Lupton's intention was twofold: "for the maintaining and increase of learning in Christ's Church", and "for his soul's health"; an agreement was made that the Chaplain and Scholars should have free seats in the chancel of Sedbergh Church.

In 1527, six Scholarships to St John's College, Cambridge were established, to be awarded exclusively to boys from the School. A document held at St John's says that the Scholars were "to be chosen from the grammar scole of Sedbare, wher the sayd Roger Lupton was borne and hath foundyd a perpetuall chauntry and the sayd grammar scole indued sufficiently with lyvelode and lands truly and suerly purchased and manciones sufficiently bylded". After purchase of land and building of a school, almost certainly on the site of the present School Library, the foundation deed was signed, binding the School to St John's College, Cambridge, which was to have the appointment of its Headmasters. In 1535, two further scholarships to Cambridge were established, with provision for two Fellowships also.

On his death, he was buried in the Lupton Chapel at Eton, which was named for a generous donation Lupton had made to the College. A bell tower and dormitory was also dedicated in his name, and the tower is perhaps the most famous building in the college. His death is commemorated each year at Eton on Threepenny Day.

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  1. ^ According to a book about Lupton by R. Cann (2005), Lupton died in 1540.
  2. ^ "Lupton, Roger (LPTN483R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Bost
Provost of Eton
Succeeded by
Roger Aldrich