No 398

Thinking it convenient to have a list of the Princeps Oppidani from A.D. 1815 (when this ledger was first started) & thinking it might be interesting in some measure to posterity, either for a reference, or to satisfy the curious, I have traced them as accurately as I could to the present time, & hoping that if any future Prin Opp. should see any mistake he will excuse it, & take the trouble to alter it, I subscribe the following list.

1815 G.P. Sandilands
-16 G.M. Alington
G.E. Gillett
17 C.E. Walker
18 G. Shepley
18 C.A.J. Smith
18 George Bowen
19 Charles Floyer
1820 Robert L. Burton
20 William Allfrey
21 William Heberden
21 G.B. Mansel
21 E. Goodenough
21 C.O.S. Morgan
22 J.R. Wood
24 W.R. Fremantle
25 O.W.S. Trelawney
26 J. Mitchell
27 G. Chetwynd
27 George MacLeay
27 W.P. Lamb
28 David Mure
28 George Maule
1828 William Charles Rickman
29 E.H. Greathed
29 J.H. Preston
29 P.P. Williams
29 J.T. Ludlow
29 T. Blackall
1830 Abm Borradaile
31 J.R. Cornish
32 E.U. Sealy
32 R.P. Warren
34 Robt H. Hurst
34 Calverly Bewicke
35 C.D. Osborn
35 B.G. Astley
36 Lord Somerton
37 G.F. Bentinck
38 F. Byron
1840 M.F. Osborn
41 N.G. Smart
41 W.G. Andrewes
43 W.L. Spurway
44 J. Preston
45 C.F. Luttrell West
46 D. Stewart
49 W.C. Macready
*1850 J.M. Murray

I think if future Prin Opps were to inscribe there name legibly with the date on the left pages of this book, it might be useful to those who hereafter hold the office of Prin Opp.

J M Murray
Prin. Opp.

* I have not inscribed E. Evered’s name between my own & Macready’s as he was not really head Town boy vide *389
J M Murray Prin Opp

No 391*

Macready’s reasons for giving up the Headtownboyship to Evered who subscribes himself “Prin Opp”, were, I think, because (Macready) thought that there was going to be a row with the QS, and therefore being a great coward thought that it was better for him to be out of the row altogether. This is I am sure a true account of the matter altho’ Murray had not mentioned it in the preceding page.

R.B. Berens Prin Opp

No 389*

As Macready and Evered were both going to leave at the same time, the former it appears gave up this book to Evered the 2nd T.B., by which means Evered seems to have thought himself entitled to subscribe himself Prin. Opp. but I cannot imagine how he could be head when Macready was above him, nor upon searching through this Ledger can I find any precedent to it although Macready seems to have thought it an old custom so to do. It seems to me that the office of Head TB is a mere farce, if it can be given away for a week to the 2nd T.B. For if this is allowable, I see no reason why the 3rd T.B. (if he chances to be leaving at the same time as the Prin. Opp.) should not have a taste of the Head Townboyship; I think that Evered’s name cannot fairly be inscribed among the real Prin. Opps

Added by J.M. Murray Prin. Opp.

No 319

A misunderstanding having arisen in the School as to whether W. Green was to be considered head Town-boy because, although he had entered the sixth previous to me I had taken him in the next examination, Green & myself looked carefully over the Ledger and finding it was not without a precedent, it was agreed that I was properly entitled to be considered Head Town-boy.

C.F.L West O.P.

I have understood now from the Masters as well that the Head TB being a boarder is head also of the HB

C.F.L West