Stephen Whisson


Whisson, by Herman Van der Myn1715-83.  Tutor; Senior Bursar; Vice-Master; Proctor; University Librarian

Whisson was from St Neots, Huntingdonshire, and was the son of a publican and dissenter. He was educated at Wakefield School, Yorkshire. On 29th November 1734 he was admitted as a sizar at Trinity, matriculating in 1735 and becoming a scholar in 1738.  He was made a Fellow of Trinity in 1741 and became a tutor, coaching 205 students in the period 1744 to 1763.  [Rouse Ball]

In 1739 he was ordained deacon in the diocese of Lincoln, and priested in 1741.  He was Vicar of Babraham, Cambridgeshire, from 1746 for about twenty years, before becoming Rector of Shimpling, Norfolk, 1753-71, and then Rector of Orwell, Cambridgeshire, 1771-83.

He was University Librarian from 1751 to 1783, Senior Bursar of Trinity 1752-80, and Senior Proctor 1757-58.  [Venn]

In 1772 Whisson came close to being elected Vice-Chancellor, being regarded as one of the most exemplary characters in the University, but he declined the intended honour. [The Life of Richard Bentley, by J.H. Monk]

A wood belonging to him is still part of the Fellows' set of bowls.

Tombstone inscription Translation


OB. NOV. 2. 1783
Stephen Whisson, Bachelor of Divinity, died on 2nd November 1783.

Stephen Whisson Whisson tomb.  Click for enlarged image

Buried in the Ante-Chapel.



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