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Jesus College, Oxford

Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW
Telephone (01865) 279700
Email enquiries@jesus.ox.ac.uk

The 18th Century

Numbers of richer undergraduates declined at Jesus during the 18th century, as other, more grandiose colleges attracted large numbers of noblemen commoners and fellow-commoners. Among the last of these at Jesus were the future Jacobite MP Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (Jesus, 1710), who gave the College a fine, Britannia silver punch-bowl when created DCL in 1732, and Thomas James Bulkeley, 7th Viscount Bulkeley (Jesus, 1769), who presented the College chapel with a copy of Guido Reni's St Michael subduing the Devil, acquired during his youthful Grand Tour to Rome. From humbler backgrounds came the polymathic Edward Lluyd (1660-1709), who carved out a career as a naturalist, Celtic scholar, and keeper of the (then) scientifically-oriented Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; the Welsh-language poet Goronwy Owen (1723-69), who, like several other 18th-century Jesus men, chose exile as a clergyman in North America, and was tragically bereaved on the voyage; and the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist leader Thomas Charles (1755-1814).