Old Wykehamists

Old Wykehamists, usually referred to simply as Wykehamists, are former pupils of Winchester College, so called in memory of the school’s founder, William Of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England. He used the wealth these positions gave him to establish both the school and a university college, New College, Oxford, in 1382. I am a Wykehamist and these are just a few of my favourite heroes and antiheroes among the many the school has produced over the centuries. Click on the portraits to read more.

Oswald Mosley, failed Fascist leader.
Robert Foster, arguably the principle saviour of Venice in the Second World War.
Alfred Douglas, lover of Oscar Wilde.
Nicholas Monsarrat, naval officer and novelist.
Henry Wotton, English Ambassador in Venice
Thomas Coryate, traveller and wit.
Douglas Gillespie, whose letters provide a moving account of the First World War.