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A History of Harrow School 1324–1991$
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Christopher Tyerman

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198227960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198227960.001.0001

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The Restoration School, 1661–1691

The Restoration School, 1661–1691

(p.60) 5 The Restoration School, 1661–1691
A History of Harrow School 1324–1991

Christopher Tyerman

Oxford University Press

Within thirty years of William Hide's resignation, Harrow School had become a recognized competitor for the education of the gentry, a ‘public school’ in England. A barometer of this progress was the extended argument between the Usher and the Head Master over the division of fees paid by ‘foreigners’. It is unmistakable that ‘foreigners’ had become the central element at Harrow. Two lasting institutions had been established which helped define the corporate identity of the school. On October 20, 1674 ,John Dennis, a ‘foreigner’, delivered a Latin ‘Oration’ at the governors' annual audit meeting, a tradition that has continued, with some gaps and at least one foray into English, until the present. The invention of public rituals and deliberately arcane customs suggests the social composition of the Restoration school. The appointment of William Horne, the Under Master of Eton College and a fellow of King's College in Cambridge, as Head Master of Harrow School began over a century of domination of Harrow by Eton and King's.

Keywords:   William Horne, Eton College, King's College, public school, Harrow School, Restoration school, foreigners, John Dennis, Oration

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