Category Archives: Sir Alexander Temple

Education of an Elizabethan Gentleman

Binding of book donated by Sir Alexander Temple, courtesy of Christopher Skelton-Ford, New College Library, Oxford, BT3.193.6 © Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford

Chadwell’s Sir Alexander Temple was an educated man. He was literate, conducting business and personal correspondence and he spent some time studying at Lincoln’s Inn. However, unlike his brother who graduated from Oxford, there was no evidence that Sir Alexander attended either of the ancient universities. However, evidence from a book donated to an Oxford college library has recently come to light that suggests he may have atended New College, although he probably didn’t graduate. There are more details in the 11th edition of New College Noteshttps://www.new.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2019-07/11NCN4%20%282019%29%20Matthews%20on%20Temple.pdf .