Henry Drury

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Henry Drury memorial, St Mary's, Harrow on the Hill

Henry Joseph Thomas "Harry" Drury (27 April 1778 – 5 March 1841) was an English educator, classical scholar, and friend of Lord Byron.

Henry Drury was born 27 April 1778,[1] at Harrow, London, the son of Joseph Drury, headmaster of Harrow School and educated at Harrow and Eton College. He was a graduate (BA 1801 and MA 1804) and later Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.[2]

He was a master at Harrow for 41 years from 1801 to 1841 and was tutor there to Lord Byron to whom he became a close friend and correspondent.

Drury was elected to the Roxburghe Club on its first anniversary in 1813.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in February 1818 [4]

He died at Harrow on 5 March 1841.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1808 he had married Caroline Tayler, daughter of Archdale Wilson Tayler, and sister of the artist John Frederick Tayler. Caroline's sister Susannah later married Francis Hodgson, Provost of Eton.

His son was Admiral Byron Drury.[6]

A mezzotint of Drury by Thomas Hodgetts, after Margaret Sarah Carpenter is in the National Portrait Gallery (London)


  1. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
  2. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
  3. ^ "The oldest society of bibliophiles in the world". The Roxburghe Club. Retrieved 2016-09-11. 
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses
  6. ^ "Page:A Naval Biographical Dictionary.djvu/323 - Wikisource, the free online library". En.wikisource.org. Retrieved 2016-09-11.