John Richard Magrath

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John Richard Magrath (1839–1930) was a British academic and administrator at the University of Oxford.[1]

Magrath was born on the island of Guernsey and educated at Elizabeth College. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oriel College, Oxford and became a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford, in 1860. He was ordained in 1863. At the Queen's College, he became Tutor (from 1864), Dean (1864–67), Chaplain (1867–78), Bursar (1874–78), Pro-provost (1877), and then Provost (1878–1930).

At Oxford he was a member of the University's Hebdomadal Council (1878–99), Curator of the University Chest (1885–1908), a Delegate of the Oxford University Press (1894–1920), and Vice-Chancellor (1894–98).

Magrath was an Alderman in Oxford from 1889 to 1895. He was in support of women's higher education and interested in northern schools connected with The Queen's College, especially St Bees School.

Magrath's papers are in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.[2]


  • The Fall of the Republic of Florence, (Stanhope Prize Essay), 1860
  • A Plea for the Study of Theology in the University of Oxford, 1868
  • Selections from Aristotle’s Organon, 1868, 2nd ed. 1877
  • Papers on University Reform, 1877
  • 'Queen's College', in Clark’s Colleges of Oxford, 1891
  • The Flemings in Oxford, vol. I 1904, vol. II 1913, vol. III 1924
  • The Obituary Book of Queen's College, Oxford, 1910
  • Fresh Light on the Family of Robert de Eglesfield, Kendal, 1916
  • Sir Robert Parvyng, Kendal, 1919
  • The Queen's College, in two volumes, 1921, republished by BiblioBazaar 2009 (ISBN 978-1117672939) Volume 1 republished by General Books, 2010 (ISBN 978-1152592209)


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Henry Boyd
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Sir William Reynell Anson