John Balderston (academic)

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John Balderston was an academic at the University of Cambridge in the 17th and 18th centuries.[1]

Balderston was born in Thurning, Northamptonshire and educated at St Paul's School, London.[2] He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1659, graduating B.A in 1663, M.A. in 1666, B.D. in 1673, D.D. in 1681.[3] He was a Fellow of Emmanuel College from 1665 to 1680; and Master from 1680[4] until his death in 1719.[5] In 1681 he was appointed to a canonry at Peterborough Cathedral.[3] He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1687–8, selected when John Peachell was removed by King James II,[2] and again in 1706–7.[6]

Balderston died in 1719, and was buried in Peterborough Cathedral on 6 September 1719.[7][8]


  1. ^ "A History of Emmanuel College, Cambridge" Sarah Bendall,S; Brooke,C; Collinson, P: Woodbridge, Boydell, 2000 ISBN 0851153933
  2. ^ a b McDonnell, Michael F. J. (1909). A History of St. Paul's School. Chapman and Hall. p. 239. Another pupil of Cromleholme who, besides Bradford, became master of a Cambridge college was John Balderstone. He went up to Emmanuel in the year after Cromleholme's election, and must in consequence have been in the school under Langley, from whom he appears to have assimilated his political principles. In 1680 he was elected master of his college, and retained the post until his death, nearly forty years later. In 1687, when Dr. Peachell was turned out of the vice-chancellorship for refusing the degree of Master of Arts to the Benedictine monk whom James II had armed with letters of recommendation, Balderstone was chosen to succeed him "as a man of much spirit," and "in his speech," continues Bishop Burnet, in his account of the affair, "he promised that during his magistracy neither religion nor the rights of the University should suffer by his means."
  3. ^ a b "Balderston, John (BLDN658J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ" Le Neve, J. p. 438: London; J. Nutt; 1716
  5. ^ Emmanuel College, Cambridge web-site
  6. ^ University web-site
  7. ^ Fasti ecclesiae Anglicanae. 2. p. 549 – via Wikisource. [scan Wikisource link]
  8. ^ Willis, Browne (1742). A Survey of the Cathedrals of York, Durham, Carlisle, Chester, Man, Litchfield, Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, Bristol, Lincoln, Ely, Oxford, Peterborough, Canterbury, Rochester, London, Winchester, Chichester, Norwich, Bangor, and St. Asaph.