List of headmasters at Colchester Royal Grammar School

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This table lists the official (not de facto) appointment and end dates of the headmasters of Colchester Royal Grammar School, 1530 to present. Until the New Scheme of 1899, all headmasters had to be in holy orders; most were local clergy. (Res. signifies resigned.)

Tenure How ended Headmaster Notes
Between First and Second Royal Charters (1534–1584)
Mentioned 1540 Robert Cock
Mentioned 1553 Robert Wrennald
Mentioned 1558 Richard Whittall
Unknown - April 14, 1574 Res. Thomas Lovell
April 14, 1574 - Unknown William Barkely, Gent.
1572–1577 Thomas Smeton
Post-Second Royal Charter (1584 - 1899)
Jan 10, 1583–1587 Edward Watson, M.A.
March, 1587 - November, 1588 Res. Samuel Harsnett, M.A. Gives name to school house
November 12, 1588–1598 Samuel Bentley, M.A.
1598 - 1598 Theophilus Field Only recognised in single source.
December 18, 1598 - April 22, 1637 Died William Kemp(e), M.A.
May 20, 1637 - 1637 Removed Jonas Proost (Proast) Approved by the Bishop of London on date given; Never appointed.
September 9, 1637 - January 17, 1643 Res. William Dugard, M.A. Gives name to school house. Previously Headmaster of Stamford School.
June 30, 1643–1647 Thomas Waterhouse, M.A.
February 7, 1648 - June 24, 1659 Res. Nathaniel Seaman, M.A.
June 24, 1659 - November 11, 1662 Res. John Ruting, M.A. Born Jan Ruytinck.
November 11, 1662 - March 25, 1664 Res. Edward Burles, M.A.
June 7, 1664 - July 17, 1671 Res. Lewis Griffin, M.A.
July 17, 1671 - November 21, 1684 Res. James Cranston, M.A.
November 21, 1684 - September 23, 1695 Res William Slinger, M.A.
September 23, 1695 - c. 1702 Richard Reynolds, M.A.
1702–1723 Died Thomas Allen, M.A., B.D.
April 18, 1723 - January 24, 1726 Died William Turner, M.A. Previously Headmaster of Stamford School.
March 15, 1726–1727 Res. David Comarque, M.A. Family entirely French.
December 20, 1727 - December 25, 1776 Died Palmer Smythies, M.A.
April 15, 1777 - January 1, 1779 Res. Samuel Parr, M.A. Gives name to school house.
January, 1779 - April, 1806 Res. Charles Hewitt, M.A.
September 27, 1806 - January, 1835 Died Edward Crosse, M.A.
March 23, 1835 - August 19, 1839 Died John Saunders, M.A
January 3, 1840 - April, 1851 Res. John Dunningham, M.A.
February 4, 1852 - October 20, 1870 Died William Wright, M.A., L.L.D., D.C.L.
December 15, 1870 - April 12, 1892 Res. Charles Lawford Acland, M.A.
April, 1892 - May, 1899 Res. John Thomas, M.A. Temporary Headmaster during the dispute over the introduction of a new scheme. Shaw Jeffrey did not recognise him as being a 'full' Headmaster.
1899–1900 Temp. G. J. Yates, M.A. Temporary Headmaster during the dispute over the introduction of a new scheme. Shaw Jeffrey did not recognise him as being a 'full' Headmaster and he continued under Shaw Jeffrey as 'Senior Master' until 1906.
Post-New Scheme (1899–present)
September 1, 1900 - July, 1916 Res. Percy Shaw Jeffrey, M.A. First lay headmaster. Gives name to school house.
September 1, 1916 - July, 1937 Res. Harry James Cape, M.A., B.A., B.Sc.
September 1, 1937 - July, 1947 Arthur William Fletcher, M.A.
1948–1968 Jack Elam, M.A.
1968–1984 Res. Stanley Gardner, M.A., B.Litt., D.Phil.
1985–2000 Res. Stewart Francis, M.A.
2000–2015 Res. Ken L. Jenkinson, M.A.
2015–present N/A John Russell

Sources[edit]

  • Martin, G. H. (March 1947). "The History of Colchester Royal Grammar School". The Colcestrian.