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Dr Davies' Charities



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Dr Jonathan Davies, Head Master 1773-1791 and Provost 1791-1809, was born in Eton and in addition to bequests to both the College and to King's College, Cambridge, he left money in his will for the benefit of the town's inhabitants. £700 was left in trust to the Head Master for apprenticing two boys annually and £1000 to the Provost for an annual pension to four elderly parishioners. These are the charities represented by the papers here, particularly the apprenticeship charity. Two separate sums of £1400 were left for the benefit of a superannuated King's Scholar (that is, a King's Scholar who reached the age when he had to leave the school but who had obtained no vacancy at King's College, Cambridge) and for a King's Scholar who had gained a place at King's but who was the son of a clergyman or a widow with a large family. In 1966 the Statutes were amended to consolidate the Reynolds, Bryant, Davies, Chamberlayne and Berriman Prizes and Exhibitions and open them to competition by all senior boys. In 1972 the Secretary of State for Education and Science approved a Scheme for paying all the income of these awards and many others into a new fund called the Head Master's Fund, which permitted the use of funds for educational purposes other than those for which they had originally been given.


1846 - 1962
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