Richard Jenkyns


Richard Jenkyns (1782 – 16 March 1854) was a British academic administrator at the University of Oxford and Dean at Wells Cathedral.[1]

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Jenkyns was born at Evercreech in Somerset, where he was baptised on 21 December 1782. He was the eldest son of John Jenkyns (1753-1824), prebendary of Wells, and his wife Jane, née Banister.[2] He was appointed a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 1802, a Tutor in 1813, Bursar in 1814, and Master from 23 April 1819 until his death in 1854.[3] He was awarded a Master of Arts in 1806 and a Doctor of Divinity in 1819. While Master at Balliol College, Jenkyns was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1824 until 1828.[4] He introduced open competition for scholarships and also raised the standard of Balliol College to the first rank at Oxford.[1] From 1845 to 1854, Jenkyns was also Dean of Wells.


  1. ^ a b "Jenkyns, Richard". The Concise Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. II: A–F. Oxford University Press. 1995. p. 1588.
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
  3. ^ H. E. Salter and Mary D. Lobel, ed. (1954). "Balliol College". A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford. Victoria County History. pp. 82–95. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved 13 July 2011.

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Academic offices
Preceded by Master of Balliol College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Preceded by Dean of Wells
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