Arthur Lionel Smith

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Arthur Lionel Smith

Arthur Lionel Smith (1850 – 12 April 1924) was a British historian at the University of Oxford. He served as Master of Balliol College, Oxford from 1916 to 1924.

Early life[edit]

A. L. Smith studied at Balliol College, Oxford from 1869 to 1874.

Academic career[edit]

Smith became a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1882, Dean in 1907, and was Master 1916–1924.[1][2]

Smith was important in developing history teaching.[3] He was a close friend of the pomologist Ronald Hatton.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1879, Smith married Mary Smith, with whom he had nine children.[4] They first lived at 7 Crick Road in North Oxford until 1893. Their daughter Miriam married the diplomat Sir Reader Bullard.[5] His daughter Rosalind married Oxford historian Edward Murray Wrong.His youngest daughter Barbara married Sir Hugh Cairns (surgeon) the first Nuffield Professor of Surgery.


  1. ^ Balliol Archives Exhibitions — Arthur Lionel Smith (1850–1924) Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Balliol College, Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ Salter, H. E.; Lobel, Mary D., eds. (1954). "Balliol College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 82–95. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ A. L. Smith archive, Balliol College, Oxford, UK.
  4. ^ Symonds, Ann Spokes. "Families: The A.L. Smiths". The Changing Faces of North Oxford: Book One. Robert Boyd Publications. pp. 117–118. ISBN 1-899536-25-6. 
  5. ^ "Bullard, Sir Reader (William)". Who's Who, 1956 (108th ed.). London: Adam and Charles Black. 1956. p. 408. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
James Leigh Strachan-Davidson
Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Alexander Dunlop Lindsay