Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 14

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Which seat of learning is named after:

1 A canonised bishop?

2 A Glaswegian fur-trader?

3 A slave trader and corrupt Indian administrator?

4 An excommunicated Friend and telegraph pioneer?

5 A butcher’s son and Emmanuel graduate, who bequeathed £780?

6 A former pupil of the classical scholar Alexander Adam and friend of Walter Scott?

7 A Quaker abolitionist and successful wholesale grocer?

8 A sometime ferryman and later railway magnate?

9 A combatant in the Tobacco war?

10 A Baptist Ulsterman?


  1. 1
    Tim on 13 Jan 2019 #

    The one I know off the top of my head is that John Harvard’s father was a butcher.

  2. 2
    Tim on 13 Jan 2019 #

    Oh and Vanderbilt was a railway magnate iirc

  3. 3
    enitharmon on 13 Jan 2019 #

    Specifically, American universities.

    3. The slave trader is Yale I think.
    4. Is Cornell. Ezra Cornell was a telegraph pioneer and was disowned by quakers for marrying out.
    7. The other Quaker is Brown. Trust me, I know about quakers. The Brown family were general traders in Providence RI where Brown Uni is.

  4. 4
    Tim on 14 Jan 2019 #

    Hmm I wonder whether St Ignatius of Loyola was a bishop?

  5. 5
    Tim on 14 Jan 2019 #

    Other US universities named after people I can think of:

    Johns Hopkins
    McGill (NB Canadian maybe?)

    any of these ring any relevant bells?

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