Elizabeth Wordsworth

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Elizabeth Wordsworth in academic dress. 1928 photograph.

Dame Elizabeth Wordsworth DBE (1840–1932) was the great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth. She was the daughter of Christopher Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln. Her brothers were John Wordsworth, Bishop of Salisbury, and Christopher Wordsworth, a liturgical scholar.

Educated at home, she learned several modern languages as well as Latin and Greek though her knowledge of science and mathematics was meagre.

She was the founding Principal (1879–1909) of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford as a college for female undergraduates, on Norham Gardens in North Oxford. In 1886 she inherited some money from her father and founded St Hugh's College also in north Oxford as a college for poorer female undergraduates. Today this is one of the largest colleges in Oxford University. She received an honorary M.A. from Oxford in 1921 and an honorary D.C.L. in 1928.[1]

She was a prolific author, writing poetry, plays, biographies and religious articles, as well as writing and lecturing on women's education. She published the novels Thornwell Abbas, (two volumes, 1876) and Ebb and Flow, (two volumes, 1883) under the pseudonym of Grant Lloyd.


  1. ^ Lannon, Frances (2004). "Wordsworth, Dame Elizabeth (1840–1932)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 May 2010.

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