Joseph Hoare (college principal)

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The memorial stone to Hoare in the Jesus College chapel

Joseph Hoare (1709–1802) was a Welsh clergyman and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, from 1768 to 1802.

The son of Joseph Hoare, from Cardiff, Wales, Hoare studied at Jesus College from 1727 (when he was 18), obtaining his BA in 1730 and his MA in 1733.[1] He was a Prebendary of Westminster Abbey.[2] He was appointed Principal in 1768.[3] During his time as Principal, he donated £200 towards restoration of the college's Old Quadrangle.[4] In 1798, he also subscribed £100 for the "prosecution of the [Napoleonic] war" and £21 for muskets and necessaries for the University corps.[5] He held the post of Principal for the third-longest time in the college's history.[6] He died in 1802 after having been scratched by his cat.[6] He bequeathed hundreds of volumes of books to the college library.[3]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 1753.[7]


  1. ^ Sanders, Robert. "Oxford University Alumni with Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan Connections (based on Foster's Alumni Oxoniensis)". Cardiff & Glamorgan Family History Research (UK Site). Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  2. ^ Baker, J. N. L. (1971). Jesus College 1571-1971. Oxonian Press Ltd, Oxford. ISBN 0-9502164-0-2.
  3. ^ a b Baker, J. N. L. (1954). The Victoria History of the County of Oxford Volume III - The University of Oxford. The University of London Institute of Historical Research. p. 278.
  4. ^ Baker, Victoria County History, p.275
  5. ^ Baker, Victoria County History, p.267
  6. ^ a b North, Sir Peter (2004). "And Finally...". The Jesus College Record: 13.
  7. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 November 2010.