Henry Boyd (academic)

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Henry Boyd (1831–1922) was a British clergyman, academic, and administrator at the University of Oxford.[1]

Boyd attained a BA degree from Hertford College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1854 and was perpetual curate at St Mark's, Victoria Docks in Silvertown, London, from 1862 to 1874. He became a Fellow at Hertford College in 1872 and Principal from 1877 to 1922. He was a friend of James Duncan (Sugar refiner, art collector), together they helped to improve the working conditions in London’s East End during the 1870s.[2] He commissioned the architect Sir Thomas Jackson to enlarge and improve the college, including a new hall and chapel, completed in 1907.

At Oxford University, Boyd was Vice-Chancellor from 1890 to 1894. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Drapers (1896–97). He was also a watercolour painter.


  1. ^ "Boyd, Henry". The Concise Dictionary of National Biography. Volume I: A–F. Oxford University Press. 1995. p. 307. 
  2. ^ "Introduction to James Duncan" (PDF). www.rbge.org.uk. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Michell
Principal of Hertford College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Sir Walter Riddell
Preceded by
James Bellamy
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
John Richard Magrath