List of Balliol College, Oxford people

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The following is a list of notable people associated with Balliol College, Oxford, including alumni and Masters of the college. When available, year of matriculation is provided in parentheses, as listed in the relevant edition of The Balliol College Register or in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. More than one in twenty Balliol alumni are listed in Who's Who.[citation needed] Complete (or very nearly complete) lists of Fellows and students, arranged by year of matriculation, can be found in the published Balliol College Register; the 1st edition,[1] 2nd edition[2] and 3rd edition.[3]

This list of notable alumni consists almost entirely of men, due to the fact that for over seven centuries (1263-1979), women were barred from studying at Balliol.[4]





Authors and artists[edit]

Mathematicians, scientists and technologists[edit]


Robert Peston, BBC Business editor
Peter Snow, television presenter





Currently active[edit]

Members of Parliament

House of Lords

MPs and MEPs who completed service after 2000[edit]

UK politicians active post-World War II[edit]

Roy Jenkins, British Labour politician, former Home Secretary.
Denis Healey, British Labour politician, former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

UK politicians active between World War I and World War II[edit]

UK politicians pre-World War I[edit]

Politicians, statesmen and monarchs in non-UK countries[edit]

Theologians and clergy[edit]

Shoghi Effendi Rabbani, The head of the Bahá'í Faith (1921-1957).


Notable applicants who were not matriculated[edit]

Balliol Chancellors of Oxford University[edit]

Masters of Balliol[edit]

Balliol is run by the Master and Fellows of the college. The Master of the college must be "the person who is, in [the Fellows] judgement, most fit for the government of the College as a place of religion, learning, and education".[9] The current Master of Balliol is Drummond Bone, a scholar of the Romantic poet Lord Byron. He has held the post since October 2011, following his retirement as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool in 2008.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Balliol College (University of Oxford); Jones, John; Viney, Sally; Hilliard, Edward; Elliott, Ivo d'Oyle, Lemon, Elsie (1914). The Balliol College Register (1 ed.). Oxford. Retrieved 25 March 2013.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)(1914, covering matriculations 1832-1914)
  2. ^ Balliol College (University of Oxford) (1934). The Balliol College Register (2 ed.). Oxford. Retrieved 25 March 2013.(1934, covering matriculations 1833-1933)
  3. ^ Balliol College (University of Oxford) (1953). The Balliol College Register (3 ed.). Oxford. Retrieved 25 March 2013.(1953, covering matriculations 1900-1950)
  4. ^ "Balliol Women: Some Alumnae of the College | Balliol College, University of Oxford". Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  5. ^ 'RIDLEY, Sir Adam (Nicholas)', in Who's Who 2014 (London: A. & C. Black, 2014)
  6. ^ 'LAWRANCE, Prof. Jeremy Norcliffe Haslehurst', in Who's Who 2014 (London: A. & C. Black), online edition by Oxford University Press, December 2013, accessed 3 May 2014 (subscription site)
  7. ^ Russell, James. "LES GRANDS NUMISMATES: George Macdonald (1862-1940; Kt 1927)" (PDF). Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas. National Archives.; CP 40 / 677; in 1430; Thomas Chace appears as first name, but as defendant in a case of debt, brought by Thomas Coventre.
  9. ^ Statute II "The Master", clause 1
  10. ^ "Election of New Master". Balliol College, Oxford. 18 March 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.