- Jesus College, Oxford
Oxford College Infobox
name = Jesus College
university = Oxford
primary_colour = DarkGreen
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full_name = Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation
named_for = Jesus Christ
established = 1571
Jesus College, Cambridge
head_name = Principal
head = The Lord Krebs
JCR President = Seán Mac labhraí
undergraduates = 340
MCR President = Liz Dollins
graduates = 160
location = Turl Street, Oxford
homepage = [http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/ College Website]
boat_club = [http://home.jesus.ox.ac.uk/soc/jcbc/ Boatclub Website]
Jesus College (in full: Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeth's Foundation) is one of the constituent colleges of the
University of Oxfordin England. As of 2006 the college had a financial endowmentof £119m. [ [http://www.btinternet.com/~akme/OXCpress.html Oxford College Endowment Incomes, 1973-2006] (updated July 2007)] The main entrance is on the west side of Turl Street. It is flanked by Ship Street to the north and Market Street to the south.
Jesus has been called "the first Protestant College in Oxford", [cite web
url = http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Literary_Landmarks_of_Oxford/Jesus&oldid=236239
title = Literary Landmarks of Oxford: Jesus
accessdate = 2006-08-24
author=Laurence Hutton, quoting J.R. Green
date = 1903
Charles Scribner's Sons] and was founded by Elizabeth I in 1571 for the education of clergy, though students now study a broad range of secular subjects. A major driving force behind the establishment of the college was Hugh Price (or Aprice), a churchman from Breconin Wales, and the college continues to be associated informally with Wales to this day.cite web
url = http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/welcome/wales.php
title = Jesus College and Wales
accessdate = 2007-03-15
author = Jesus College, Oxford
date = 2007-02-13 ] Today the college has around 500 students, and the Principal is Lord Krebs.cite web
url = http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/colleges/jesu.shtml
title = Jesus : 2008/9 Oxford University Undergraduate Admissions
accessdate = 2007-03-22
author = University of Oxford
date = 2007-03-09 ]
Jesus College was founded in 1571, occupying in part the site of the earlier White Hall, which had existed for several hundred years from the 13th century up until 1570, just before Jesus began. Jesus was founded by eight commissioners, of whom Hugh Price is usually credited as the main force, and received its
Royal Charterfrom Elizabeth I.
The college was originally intended primarily for the education of clergymen. The particular intention was to satisfy a need for dedicated, learned clergy to promote the
Elizabethan Religious Settlementin the parishes of England, Ireland and Wales. The college has since broadened the range of subjects offered, beginning with the inclusion of medicine and law, and now offers almost the full range of subjects taught at the university. The letters patent[cite book | last = Baker | first = J.N.L. |authorlink=J. N. L. Baker| title = Jesus College Oxford 1571-1971 | year = 1971 | publisher = Oxonian Press | location = Oxford | isbn = 0950216402] issued by Elizabeth I made it clear that the education of a priest in the 16th century included more than just theology, however:
Hugh Price continued to be closely involved with the college after its foundation. On the strength of a promised legacy, worth £60 a year on his death, he requested and received the authority to appoint the new college's Principal, Fellows and Scholars. He financed early building work in the college's Front Quadrangle, but on his death in 1574 it transpired that the college received only a
lump sumof around £600.
Significant benefactions in the 17th century placed the college on a more secure financial footing. One
Herbert Westfaling, Bishop of Hereford, left enough property to support two fellowships and scholarships (with the significant proviso that "my kindred shallbe always preferred before anie others"). [cite web
url = http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/29111
title = Westfaling, Herbert (1531/2–1602)
accessdate = 2006-06-29
last = Speight
first = Martin
year = 2004
work = Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
publisher = Oxford University Press] Sir
Eubule Thelwall, principal from 1621–30, spent much of his own money on the construction of a chapel, hall and library for the college. This library, constructed above an overly-weak colonnade, was pulled down under the principalship of Francis Mansell(1630–49), who also built two staircases of residential accommodation to attract the sons of Welsh gentry families to the College.
Leoline Jenkins, whose 1661–73 principalship followed Mansell's brief reinstatement, who secured the long-term viability of the college. On his death in 1685 he bequeathed a large complex of estates, acquired largely by lawyer friends from the over-mortgaged landowners of the Restoration period. These estates allowed the college's sixteen Fellowships and Scholarships to be filled for the first time (officially, sixteen of each had been supported since 1622, but the college's income was too small to keep all occupied simultaneously). [cite web
url = http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/history/benefactors.php
title = Benefactors
accessdate = 2006-06-29
author = Jesus College, Oxford
date = 2002-05-14 ]
In the inter-war years (1918–39) Jesus was seen by some as a small college and something of a backwater; it attracted relatively few pupils from the public schools traditionally seen as the most prestigious. [cite book | last = Pimlott | first = Ben | title = Harold Wilson | year = 1992 | publisher = Harper Collins | location = London | isbn = 0002151898] The college did, however, attract many academically able entrants from the grammar schools (particularly those in
northern Englandand Scotland). Among these grammar-school boys was Harold Wilson, who would later become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. [cite web
url = http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/history/cent20.php
title = The 20th Century
accessdate = 2006-04-04
author = Jesus College, Oxford
date = 2002-07-18 ]
In 1974, Jesus was among the first group of five men's colleges to admit women as members, the others being Brasenose, Wadham, Hertford and St Catherine's. Five women's societies (Lady Margaret Hall, Somerville, St Hugh's, St Hilda's and St Anne's) had been granted full collegiate status fifteen years earlier in 1959.
Jesus' long-standing rivalry with nearby Exeter College reached a peak in 1979, with seven police vehicles and three fire engines involved in dealing with trouble in Turl Street. [cite journal
title = Oxford at War?
The Oxford Student
year = 1999
publisher = [http://www.oxfordstudentservices.com/ Oxford Student Services Limited]
url = http://www.oxfordstudent.com/tt1999wk0/Features/oxford_at_war_%3F
accessdate = 2007-03-22
quotes = no]
Location and Buildings
Jesus is located on Turl Street in the centre of
Oxford, on a comparatively small site by the standards of many Oxford colleges, and is one of the three Turl Street colleges along with Lincoln College and Exeter College. Much of what are considered the original buildings date from the 17th century, although parts date back to the college's foundation. Most of these earlier buildings have undergone some degree of restoration, although this is not generally obvious, and parts of the rear of the college are much more modern.
The main college buildings include the chapel (in the First Quadrangle) which was built in the early seventeenth century in Jacobean-Gothic style under Thelwall, and extended at the east end in 1636. It has a fine
barrel vaulted roof, a late seventeenth-century ante-chapelscreen and an early seventeenth-century pulpit. The chancel arch was widened in 1864 by George Edmund Street. The stone flooring and much of the woodwork also date from Street's alterations. The chancel features a Victorian stained-glass window and stone altarpiece, as well as a large copy of Guido Reni's "St Michael subduing the Devil". This last item was given to the college by Thomas Bulkeley, 7th Viscount Bulkeley(a student in 1769), who acquired it in Rome during his Grand Tour. The organ, by the organ builder William Drake, was installed in 1994.
The college Hall, accessed from the
screens passagethat links the two main quadrangles, contains a fine full-length portrait of the college's Founder, Elizabeth I, attributed to Nicholas Hilliardor his school. This was presented to the college in 1687 by James Jeffreys, brother of George Jeffreys, the "Hanging Judge". Other portraits to be found here include contemporary likenesses of Charles I and Charles II, as well as numerous other benefactors, former Principals and alumni including T. E. Lawrenceand Harold Wilson.
The college library provides an extensive lending collection, primarily for undergraduates, and supplements the (often reference-only) University libraries including the
Bodleian. There is also an important Celtic collection. Notable antiquarian holdings include the Red Book of Hergest(one of two manuscript sources for the Mabinogion), a copy of the laws of Hywel Dda, and one of two manuscript copies of The Owl and the Nightingale. Some of these can be viewed online as part of the University's Early Manuscripts Imaging Project. [cite web |url=http://image.ox.ac.uk/list?collection=jesus |title=Jesus College |accessdate=2007-04-12 |format= |work=Early Manuscripts at Oxford University]
In recent years the college has also built two annexes for student accommodation in the north and east of the city (named Stevens Close and Herbert Close respectively). Many students continue to live on the main central site, which remains the hub of the social and academic life of the college. The Herbert Close annexe, at which the college sports grounds are located, is also known as "Barts", after nearby Bartlemas.
The college has a reputation within Oxford for being a friendly, close-knit community. [cite web
url = http://www.oxfordhandbook.com/the_university/colleges/jesus/
title = Jesus
accessdate = 2007-03-15
author = OUSU
year = 2005
work = The Oxford Handbook
publisher = Oxford Student Services Limited ] Some have attributed this to the relatively small physical size of the main college site, where first-year students live in close proximity to one-another and form strong bonds of friendship and a keen sense of college spirit.
Students from the college participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, their successes not being limited to any one field in particular. Some contribute to student journalism for "Cherwell" or "
The Oxford Student". In the Arts, the annual Turl Street Arts Festivalis of particular note. This week-long student-organised event is held annually in conjunction with Exeter and Lincoln colleges. The festival, which takes place in Fifth Week of Hilary term, includes exhibitions, plays and concerts. Although the college does not award Choral Scholarships, the Chapel Choir is well-attended by enthusiastic college members and others. The choir is non-auditioning for college members, and is run by one or more undergraduate Organ Scholars.
In common with many Oxford colleges, Jesus is well provided with sporting facilities. These include extensive
playing fields at the east Oxford Bartlemas site for (association and Rugby union) football, field hockey, cricket, tennisetc., and modern squash courts at a separate city-centre site on St Cross Road. In addition, the college provides students with membership of the university's Iffley Road gymand swimming pool.
The college boat house on the Isis is home to the Jesus College Boat Club. The club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, and competed in Oxford's first Head Race (against
Brasenose College Boat Club) in 1815.
Although it accepts students from all over the United Kingdom and indeed the world, Jesus has a particular association with
Walesand is often referred to as "the Welsh college". The college is home to the university's Professor of Celtic, and a specialist Celtic library in addition to the college's normal library. Meyrick scholarships, from the bequest of Edmund Meyrickin 1713, are awarded for academic merit where the student is a native of Wales (or the child of a native of Wales), able to speak Welsh or was educated for the last three years of secondary school in Wales.cite web|url=http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/notices/scholarshipsandexhibitions.php|title=Scholarships and Exhibitions (Undergraduates)|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|date=20 September 2005|accessdate=2008-04-25]
To reflect this connection, the college's undergraduate gossip sheet is entitled "The Sheepshagger" in allusion to an offensive joke about Welsh people's supposed penchant for sheep. Furthermore, the Welshness of the College is self-perpetuating, as Welsh students will often apply to Jesus because it is seen as the Welsh college. Old members recall the college having a majority of Welsh members until well into the 20th century; [cite web
url = http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200203/cmstand/f/st030123/am/30123s02.htm
title = Debate on Hunting Bill, House of Commons Standing Committee F
accessdate = 2007-03-15
author = Garnier, Edward
date = 2003-01-23 ] today, however, around 15% of undergraduates come from Wales. For comparison, the Welsh comprise around 5% of UK population. [
List of United Kingdom nations by population]
St. David's Day
In modern times, the Welsh roots of the college come to the fore most prominently on
Saint David's Day. The feast is marked by a choral Evensong in the chapel, decorated for the occasion with the inevitable Daffodils. The service, including music, is conducted entirely in Welsh (despite only a small minority of the choir usually being native speakers of the language). It is generally well attended by members of the Welsh community in Oxford.
The college's annual St. David's Day Dinner traditionally culminates with the serving of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn's Pudding. The name recalls the Welsh politician and prominent Jacobite who attended the college early in the eighteenth century.
Like many of the older Oxford colleges, Jesus has an impressive collection of silver. The most notable single item is a massive
silvergilt punch bowl, presented by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn in 1732. [cite journal
last = Glanville
first = Philippa
title = A Treasured Inheritance
journal = Oxford Today
volume = 16
issue = 3
publisher = Oxford University Public Affairs Directorate
date = 2004
url = http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/2003-04/v16n3/07.shtml
accessdate = 2007-03-15
quotes = no] The bowl, which weighs more than 200
ounces (roughly 5.7 kg) and holds 10 gallons, was most famously used at a dinner held in the Radcliffe Camerain 1814, to celebrate what was supposed to be the final defeat of Napoleon. Those present at the dinner included the Tsar, the King of Prussia, Blücher, Metternich, the Prince Regent, the Duke of York and the Duke of Wellington. [cite web
url = http://www.oxfordinscriptions.com/war_and_peace.htm
title = War and Peace
accessdate = 2007-03-15
last = Popkin
first = Michael
year = 2001
month = November
work = Oxford Inscriptions: Inscribed Stones and Plaques in Oxford ] There is a college tradition that the bowl will be presented to anyone who can meet two challenges. The first is to put arms around the bowl at its widest point; the second is to drain the bowl of strong punch. The bowl measures convert|5|ft|2|in|m at its widest point, and so the first challenge has only been accomplished rarely; the second challenge has not been met. [cite book
authorlink=Thomas Llewellyn Thomas
title=The colleges of Oxford: their history and traditions
publisher=Methuen & Co
Coat of arms
The source of Jesus College's
coat of armsis unknown. The arms were in use at the college by 1590, but unlike those of most Oxford colleges they are not known to have been adapted from those of a significant figure in the early years of the college's existence (for example, the founder).
In heraldic terminology: "Vert, three stags trippant argent attired or". ["Oxford University Calendar 2004-2005" (2004) p.255.
Oxford University PressISBN 0-19-951904-8.]
The arms, which originally had a blue field but later began to be used with the present green, depict three stags in profile with their right legs raised. The arms appear to be linked to those of the Green family.cite web
last = Walker
first = David
title = Price, Hugh
work = Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
publisher = Oxford University Press
date = 2004
url = http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/22750
accessdate = 2007-03-22 ] The stag is the motif on the college crested tie.
The Founder's Prayer
This prayer, which gives thanks for Jesus College's foundation and benefactions, expresses the early hope that the college would produce graduates capable of providing leadership for both Church and State:
We praise and thank thee, O Lord, for thy servant, Elizabeth, Queen of England, our founder, and other our benefactors; humbly beseeching thee, that as they have charitably bestowed thy gifts to our relief, so both we may fruitfully use them to their due end, and other by such examples may be moved to provide for the maintaining of good learning; so that thy Church may be plentifully furnished with true preachers and dispensers of thy holy Word and Sacraments, and the Commonwealth well served in all necessities with godly and learned ministers; that we and our posterity may enjoy sincere religion with just government, and praise thy name forever.
The College Prayer
O God, by whose manifold grace all things work together for good for them that love thee; establish we pray thee, the good work thou hast begun in us, and make this College like a field that the Lord hath blessed; that whatsoever things are pure, true, lovely, and of good report, may here forever flourish and abound, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The grace is read by a Scholar of the college at
Formal Hall(the second, more elaborate sitting of dinner) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It is relatively unusual for the grace "after" dinner to be read, as the custom is for those not dining on High Tableto retire after finishing dinner, the Scholar who read the first grace having first requested permission from the Principal or the senior Fellow present.
Grace to be said before Dinner
"Nos miseri et egentes homines pro cibo quem ad alimoniam corporis sanctificatum nobis es largítus, ut eo utamur grati tibi, Deus omnipotens, Pater caelestis, gratias reverenter agimus, simul obsecrantes ut cibum angelorum, verum panem caelestem, verbum Dei aeternum, Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum nobis impertiaris, ut illo mens nostra pascatur et per carnem et sanguinem eius foveamur, alamur et corróboremur."
We wretched and needy men reverently give thee thanks, almighty God, heavenly Father, for the food which thou hast sanctified and bestowed for the sustenance of the body, so that we may use it thankfully; at the same time we beseech thee that thou wouldst impart to us the food of angels, the true bread of heaven, the eternal word of God, Jesus Christ our Lord, so that our mind may feed on him and that through his flesh and blood we may be nourished, sustained and strengthened.
Grace after Dinner
"Quandoquidem nos, Domine, donis tuis, omnipotens et misericors Deus, exsatiasti, effice ut posthac quid per nos fieri aut secus velis diligenter observemus, atque illud animo sincero effectum praestemus, per Iesum Christum Dominum nostrum."
VERSICLE — "Domine, salvam fac Reginam."
RESPONSE — "Et exaudi nos in die qua invocaverimus te."
"Deus, in cuius manu sunt corda regum, qui es humilium consolator et fidelium fortitudo et protector omnium in Te sperantium, da Reginae nostrae Elizabethae populoque Christiano triumphum virtutis tuae scienter excolere, ut per te semper reparentur ad gloriam, per Christum Dominum nostrum." [cite web |url=http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/chapel/graces.php |title=Graces |accessdate=2007-03-28 |author=Jesus College, Oxford |date=2002-06-24]
Since, O Lord, almighty and most merciful God, thou hast satisfied us with thy gifts, ensure from henceforth that we may diligently regard what thou wishest to be done or left undone by us and cause this to be effected with sincere heart, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
VERSICLE — O Lord, keep the Queen safe.
RESPONSE — And hear us in the day in which we call on thee.
God in whose hands are the hearts of Kings, who art the consoler of the humble and the protector of all who hope in thee, grant to our Queen Elizabeth and to the Christian people to celebrate wisely the triumph of thy goodness so that they may be always renewed to glory through thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Adams, Reginald, "The College Graces of Oxford and Cambridge" The Perpetua Press, Oxford (1992) pp. 68 and 95. From a card for use by the scholar on duty, translations by J. G. Griffith, Fellow of the college and Public Orator from 1973 to 1980. ISBN 1-870882-06-7.]
People associated with the College
Principals and Fellows
The college is run by the Principal and Fellows. The Principal must be "a person distinguished for literary or scientific attainments, or for services in the work of education in the University or elsewhere". [Statute III "The Principal", clause 1 "Qualifications"] The Principal has "pre-eminence and authority over all members of the College and all persons connected therewith" and exercises "a general superintendence in all matters relating to education and discipline". [Statute III, clause 4(a) "Duties"] The current Principal, Lord Krebs, was appointed in 2005 and is the thirtieth holder of the office. This figure does not include Seth Ward, who was elected Principal by the Fellows in 1657 but never installed since
Oliver Cromwell, Chancellor of the University at the time, appointed Francis Howellinstead. [cite web|url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/28706|title=Ward, Seth (1617–1689)|last=Henry|first=John|work= Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|publisher= Oxford University Press|accessdate=2008-04-10] Fourteen principals have been former students of the college, the first being Griffith Powell(elected in 1613) and the most recent being Alfred Hazel(elected in 1925). The longest-serving principal was Henry Foulkes, from 1817 to 1857.cite web|url=http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63887|title=Jesus College |last=Baker |first=J. N. L |authorlink=J. N. L. Baker |work=A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3: The University of Oxford|year=1954|publisher= University of London Institute of Historical Research|pages=264–279|accessdate=2008-07-28]
When the college was founded in 1571, the first charter installed David Lewis as Principal and named eight others as the first Fellows of the college.cite web|url=http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/history/founders.php|title=Jesus College, Oxford – The Founders|date=14 November 2000|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|accessdate=2008-02-24] The statutes of 1622 allowed for 16 Fellows. [cite web|url= http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/history/benefactors.php|title=Benefactors|date=14 May 2002|accessdate=2008-07-24|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford] There is now no limit on the number of Fellowships that the Governing Body can create. [Statute IV "The Fellows", clause 3 "Number of Fellowships"] The college statutes provide for various categories of Fellows.Statute IV, clause 1 "Classes of Fellows and qualifications"] Professorial Fellows are those
Professors and Readers of the University who are allocated to the college by the University. [Statute IV, clause 5 "Professorial Fellowships"] One of these professorships is the Jesus Professor of Celtic, which is the only chair in Celtic Studiesat an English university. Celtic scholars such as John Rhysand Ellis Evanshave held the position since its creation in 1877. [cite web|url=http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/celtic/|title=Celtic at Oxford|accessdate=2007-07-15] The current Professor of Celtic is Thomas Charles-Edwards.cite web|url=http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/staff/charlesedwards.php|title=Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|date=18 January 2006|accessdate=2008-07-24] The zoologists Charles Godfrayand Paul Harvey are both Professorial Fellows. [cite web|url=http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/staff/personal/godfray_hcj.htm|title=Charles Godfray|publisher=Department of Zoology, University of Oxford|date=2008-03-06|accessdate=2008-04-03] [cite web|url= http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/staff/harvey.php| title=Professor Paul Harvey| publisher=Jesus College, Oxford |accessdate=2008-07-07| date=2008-05-23] Official Fellows are those who hold tutorial or administrative appointments in the college. Past Official Fellows include the composer and musiclogist John Caldwell, the historians Sir Goronwy Edwards and Niall Ferguson, the philosopher Galen Strawsonand the political philosopher John Gray. [cite journal|last=De'Ath|first=John|year=1999|title=Fellows' News|journal=JCR|pages=15 ] [cite news|title=Sir Goronwy Edwards – A loyal and learned Welshman|date=21 June 1976|work= The Times|page=16] cite journal|last=Clarke|first=Peter|year=2002|title=Fellows' News|journal=JCR|pages=18] cite journal|last=De'Ath|first=John|year=2000|title=Fellows' News|journal=JCR|pages=19] cite journal|last=De'Ath|first=John|year=1997/8|title=Fellows' News|journal=JCR|pages=15 ] There are also Senior and Junior Research Fellows. Principals and Fellows who retire can be elected as EmeritusFellows. The college can also elect "distinguished persons" to Honorary Fellowships. [Statute IV, clause 23 "Honorary Fellowships"]
A further category is that of Welsh Supernumerary Fellows, who are, in rotation, the
Vice-Chancellors of Cardiff University, Swansea University, Lampeter University, Aberystwyth University, Bangor Universityand the University of Wales College of Medicine. There is one Welsh Supernumerary Fellow at a time, holding the position for not longer than three years. [Statute IV, clause 4 "Welsh Supernumerary"] The first of these was John Viriamu Jonesin 1897.Baker, "Jesus College", pp. 62–63]
The college formerly had a category of
missionaryFellows, known as Leoline Fellows after their founder, Leoline Jenkins(a former principal). In his will in 1685, he stated that "It is but too obvious that the persons in Holy Orders employed in his Majesty's fleet at sea and foreign plantations are too few." To address this, he established two Fellowships at Jesus College, whose holders should serve as clergy "in any of his Majesty's fleets or in his Majesty's plantations" under the direction of the Lord High Admiraland the Bishop of Londonrespectively. The last of these, Frederick de Winton, was appointed in 1876 and held his Fellowship until his death in 1932. This category was abolished in 1877 by the Oxford and Cambridge Universities Commission, without prejudice to the rights of existing holders such as de Winton.cite news|title=The Rev. F. H. de Winton|last=Hazel|first=Alfred|authorlink=Alfred Hazel|date=3 May 1932|work= The Times|page=19] Another category of Fellowship that was abolished in the 19th century was that of the King Charles I Fellows, founded by King Charles in 1636 and tenable by natives of the Channel Islandsin an attempt by him to "reclaim the Channel Islands from the extreme Calvinism which characterised them."Hardy, p. 77] The first such Fellow was Daniel Brevint.
Whilst the founding charter did not require the Fellows or the students to be Welsh, many of the Fellows in the past were in fact Welsh. One reason for this was that when new Fellowships were created by benefactions (often by people of Welsh descent) there was frequently a stipulation that the recipients would be related to the donor or come from a place in Wales specified by the donor. These specific limitations were removed as part of reforms of Oxford University during the 19th century. In addition, between 1571 and 1915, only one Principal (
Francis Howell, 1657–1660) was not from Wales or of Welsh descent. [cite web|url= http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/history/welsh.php|title=The Welsh College|date=12 November 2000|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|accessdate=2008-07-24]
Notable former students of the college have included politicians, scientists, writers, entertainers and academics. Perhaps the best-known former Jesus student is
T. E. Lawrence("Lawrence of Arabia"), who is widely known for his soldiery and leadership during the Arab Revoltof 1916–1918, and for his writings, including " Seven Pillars of Wisdom". He is remembered in college as a fine historian, and his thesis on Crusader castles (the fieldwork for which marked the beginning of his fascination with the Middle East) remains in the college library today. [cite web
url = http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/admissions/prospectus/history.php
title = History
work = Jesus College Prospectus
accessdate = 2007-03-29
author = Jesus College, Oxford
date = 2005-12-27]
Harold Wilson, Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom(1964–1970 and 1974–1976) was a Jesus man, as were Jamaican statesman Norman Washington Manleyand Pixley ka Isaka Seme, founder and president of the African National Congress. Other former students include Sir William Williams (Speaker of the House of Commons 1680–85), D. J. Williams (a co-founder of Plaid Cymru) and Lord Sankey ( Lord Chancellor1929–1935). Members of Parliament from the three main political parties in the United Kingdom have attended the college, as have politicians from Australia ( Neal Blewett), New Zealand ( Harold Rushworth), Sri Lanka ( Lalith Athulathmudali) and the United States ( Heather Wilson).
The founders' hopes that their college would produce prominent Welsh clergy were fulfilled in no small measure when a former student,
Alfred George Edwards, was elected the first Archbishop of Waleswhen the Church in Waleswas disestablished in 1920. [cite web|url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/32977|title=Edwards, Alfred George (1848–1937)|last=Duncan-Jones|first=A. S|coauthors=Jones, O. W|work= Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|publisher= Oxford University Press|accessdate=2007-07-14] Two later Archbishops of Wales, Glyn Simon(1968–1971) and Gwilym Owen Williams(1971–1982) were also educated at the college. [cite web|url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35347|title=Owen, John (1854–1926)|last=Walker|first=David|work= Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|publisher= Oxford University Press|accessdate=2007-07-14] [cite journal|year=1992|title=Old Members: News and Notes|journal=Jesus College Record|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|pages=53–54]
Celticists associated with the college include Sir John Rhys, Sir John Morris-Jones, Sir Thomas (T. H.) Parry-Williams and
Thomas Charles-Edwards, whilst the list of historians includes the college's first graduate, David Powel, who published the first printed history of Wales in 1584, and the Victorian historian J. R. Green. One former member, Angus Buchanan, won the Victoria Cross. Record-breaking quadriplegicsolo sailor Hilary Listerwas also a student here, whilst from the field of arts and entertainment there are names such as Magnus Magnusson, presenter of "Mastermind", the National Poet of Wales Gwyn Thomasand television weather presenters Kirsty McCabeand Siân Lloyd.
*cite web|url=http://home.jesus.ox.ac.uk/gov/statutes.pdf/attachment_download/file |title= College Statutes| format=pdf|publisher=Jesus College, Oxford|accessdate=2008-07-24
*"The Jesus College Record" – annual publication. Cited in references as: "JCR" ;Histories of the College
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