MC:F13 Papers of John Johnson (Fellow 1800-1827)
How and when this document arrived in the archives is unknown. John Johnson (1776-1831) matriculated at Queen’s College in 1793 and obtained his BA in 1797. From 1800-1827, he was a Fellow at Magdalen College. He received his MA in 1800 his BD in 1807 and his DD in 1821. He was instituted to the rectory of North Chapel, Sussex in 1815 and resolved that it was tenable with his fellowship. [If a living was deemed valuable or profitable a fellow was often encouraged to resign his fellowship.] After inheriting a considerable amount of property from his mother in 1827 Johnson resigned his fellowship but retained the use of his rooms at the College. He died in 1831 leaving money to Magdalen for three exhibitions in Theology or Classics to three Demies (preferably the sons of clergymen). The recipients were to come from Sussex, Surrey and Winchester College.
Some letters from and about Johnson to President Martin Routh may be found at MC:PR30/1/C2/2 fols. 26–35.
Catalogued February 2005.
Copy of will [dated 16 June 1830] and codicil [dated 18 Nov. 1830]. Proved at Probative Court of Canterbury 22 Oct. 1831. Enclosed with the will is a printed sheet [dated 21 Feb. 1833] giving details of the bequest of the sum of £2000 to the University of Oxford for the foundation of two scholarships, to be known as the Dr. Johnson’s Scholarships, for the greatest achievements in Theology and Mathematics. Dividends from the investment of the capital to be applied to the purchase of books in Theology and the Classics, and the President of Magdalen College to have the rights of selection of books and of examiners for the scholarships, in conjunction with other named University dignitaries.