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1546. The annual revenue of the College, as reported the Commissioners in the 37th year of the reign of K Henry VIII. was £43. 18s.
1587. Sir Christopher Wray founded by indenture Fellowships and seven Scholarships. The fellows are require study divinity within three years after they commence M ters of Arts, or to lose their fellowships. They were to rece £6. 138. 4d. each, payable out of the parsonage of Garnthor which Sir C. Wray gave to the College, for that and ot purposes and to have the use of certain chambers in the C lege which were built by Sir C. Wray. The fellows on t foundation have ever been looked upon by the College as serving greater privileges, in gratitude to Sir C. Wray for 1 great liberality towards it; and under this feeling Dr Pecka admitted them to an equal share with the foundation, in t property bequeathed by him, and a portion of the Dongwor augmentation has frequently been enjoyed by them, so th with a right to rooms rent free, they have received in mond from £56. 13s. 4d. to £71. 11s. 7d. a year, with an allowan of 18. per day for commons, during residence.
Of the seven scholarships,-four were to be called "S Christopher Wray's Scholarships," and the scholars to receiv £3. 6s. 8d. per annum: two, to be called "the Scholars Sir Thomas Parkinson," who should receive £3. 6s. 8d. eac per annum.
The Dean and Chapter of Lincoln, with the concurrenc of the heirs of Sir C. Wray, are empowered to nominate t the six scholarships out of Kyrton School in Lincolnshire or next, from Lincoln School. If the dean and chapter neg lect to nominate after due notice given by the College, ther in three months the master and fellows may choose any poor scholars out of the College, or in defect thereof, out of St Peter's.
He also founded a Scholarship for one scholar, to be called "the Scholar of Edmund Gryndal, late Archbishop of Canterbury," and to receive £4 per annum.
1591. Mr Roberts gave an annuity of £10 for the maintenance of three Scholars, to have £3. 6s. 8d. each; to be chosen
from the town of Beccles in Suffolk, or else out of the Hundred of Wangford in Suffolk, or, in defect, whence the master and
fellows think proper.
1591. Lady Anne Wray, wife of Sir Christopher Wray, gave to the College lands lying in Saltfleet haven, to allow two Scholars of her foundation 20 nobles between them.
1592. Sir C. Wray, by Will founded a third Fellowship, allowing a pension of £6. 13s. 4d. for ever out of his estate at Newbell. Of late times, this fellowship has been called "the Lady Anne Wray's fellowship."
1594. Mr Spendluffe founded a fellowship, now called "the Spendluffe Fellowship," but which was at first called the "Alford Quinquennial Fellowship." By the express provision of the founder, this fellow is to be constantly chosen out of the Scholars sent from the grammar-school at Alford, and to hold his fellowship for five years with a stipend of £8 per annum. The estate out of which this fixed payment was to be made, is likewise bound to pay £20 a year to the preacher at Alford. The estate is now worth more than £400 per annum.
Mr Spendluffe also founded two Scholarships, tenable for five years, of £4 each per annum, to be paid out of the same estate as the fellowship. The scholars are to be recommended to the College from Alford School by the schoolmaster and the governors of Alford, and if none be recommended, the College is to choose others, the poorest they have in College.
1625. Frances, Countess of Warwick, daughter of Sir Christopher Wray, founded one Bye-fellowship, now called "the Lady Warwick's Fellowship," and two Scholarships. She gave the Manor-House of Aukborough and certain lands, for the increase of the College rents and revenues, and likewise for the payment of £5 per annum to her fellow, and £6 to each of her scholars. The fellowship is now worth £50 a year, and the scholarships have been increased to £25 each.
The scholars are to be nominated by the Countess and her heirs for ever, out of the school of Market Rasen, or in default thereof, out of any other school in Lincolnshire.
1634. In the time of Dr Fuller, the College consisted of a master, eleven fellows, twenty-two scholars, with other stu
dents, besides officers and servants of the foundation, being all one hundred and forty.
1638. John Smith, fellow and president of the College, Will founded two Fellowships, and six Scholarships. He rected that the fellows should become "lawful ministe within three years from their admission, or lose their fell ships, and should proceed to the degree of B.D. at the regu time allowed by the University.
Mr Smith left to the College a small farm at Long Stant and three public-houses in Cambridge,and directed that each f low should receive £22. 10s. per annum, and each scholar £4.
The scholars are to be elected by the master and fellov and the master is to have only one vote in the election, exce a casting vote upon an equality; and that students from t free school of Winchester should be preferred, cæteris paril. The College now pays to each of the fellows a stipend of £ per annum.
1639. Barnaby Goch, D.D., Master of the College, founde two Fellowships. He left by will £12 a year for each, but th annuity failed, after having been paid for one year; and th fellows of his foundation have been from that time only titula or nominal fellows, although they have been admitted to certai small advantages and privileges by the College from time t time, and promoted to other foundations.
1656. Mr William Holmes, upholsterer in Exeter, gave t the burgesses of Wisbech £400, to be laid out in lands for the yearly maintenance of two poor Scholars, to be chosen from Wisbech School by the capital burgesses, and to be allowed £10 per annum each for their support in Magdalene College. For many years only one scholar has been sent from Wisbech School, and the payment at present made to the only scholar in residence, is more than £100 per annum.
1679. James Duport, D.D., left to the College a small estate at Quy in Cambridgeshire, to found four Scholarships, each of £4 per annum, and for payment of £10 annually to the grammar-school of Peterborough.
1698. Rev. Drue Drury, M.A., of Ridlesworth Hall in Norfolk, gave by will the impropriate parsonage of Steeple
Ashton in Wiltshire, valued at £120 a year, to Magdalene College, after the decease of Mr Robert Wake, for the maintenance of one Fellow for ever.
This fellow must be a gentleman's son, B. A., born in Norfolk, and designed for Holy Orders. He may hold his fellowship for nine years, and must spend some good part of the time in travelling and visiting foreign parts; and the fellowship to be accordingly called "the Norfolk Travelling Fellowship." The net value of this fellowship is now from £270 to £290 per annum.
1721. The Rev. Thomas Millner, vicar of Boxhill, in the county of Sussex, by his will of that date, and as corrected by a codicil dated Sept. 5, 1722, gave to the College £1000, after the death of his sister, to be paid within twelve months after her decease, and within three years after that date to be laid out in a purchase of land for the founding of three Scholarships, to be called "the Millner Scholarships," open to the schools of Heversham, Halifax and Leeds.
1724. John Millington, D.D., by his will founded one Fellowship and four Exhibitions, appropriated to scholars from Shrewsbury School. It was provided that the fellowship should not commence till forty years after the date of the deed of settlement, namely in 1764.
A new scheme was obtained for the regulation of this charity in 1817. The value of the fellowship is fixed at £126 per annum; and whenever the funds will allow of it, a second fellowship of like value is to be founded.
By the same scheme the four exhibitions were fixed at £63 each.
In default of scholars from Shrewsbury School, these exhibitions are open.
1736. Mrs. Millner died this year, and left £200 to the College to make the number of Millner Scholarships four, pursuant to the original design of Mr Millner, before he annexed the codicil.
If Magdalene College do not observe the conditions, or misapply the funds, they shall forfeit the whole to St John's College. These scholarships are each worth £65 per annum.
1734. Mr James Millington left by will two Scholarship to bear his name, of £20 each, appropriated to youths born Frankwell, and educated in the first instance at the Hosp in that parish, and afterwards at the free grammar-school Shrewsbury.
1760. Rev. Groom, vicar of Childerdish in Essex, 1 the College a rent-charge of £30 per annum, to be divic into three Exhibitions of £10 each, which are to be given sizars, sons of clergymen, and to those of Essex in preferer to others.
1775. Margaret Dongworth, spinster, of Old Elvet, Dr ham, left a legacy to the College for the augmentation of t smaller bye-fellowships.
1797. Peter Peckard, D.D., Master of the College, gave benefaction to found two Scholarships, perfectly open witho any restrictions, to be called, "The Ferrars Scholarships." The scholarships are each of the value of £52. 5s. per annum.
Dr Peckard also left a property to the College, in whic the bye-fellows on Sir Christopher Wray's foundation are equ sharers with the foundation fellows of the College, receivin £50 a year each. The master receives two dividends.
1832. The College from its general funds founded a Scho larship, of the annual value of £52. 5s.
1835. The College founded a Scholarship of £40 per an num, tenable for three years, and appropriated to a studen from King's College, London. It has since been opened to students from Eton College also.
The Pepysian benefaction of £50 a year is derived from the publication of "Pepys' Diary," and by the generosity of Lord Braybrooke, the present Visitor, is bestowed on the College, with a provision that it should be in the gift of the Master. It is given by the Master from year to year, with the advice of the tutors, to the most deserving of the poor scholars.
* These have been ineffective for some time through default of properly qualified claimants, but a new scheme is at present (1851) being carried out, which will benefit both the town of Shrewsbury and Magdalene College; it is proposed to make them 407. each per annum.