Those listed below are just a few examples of our more eminent Old Members:

T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

Harold Wilson (Prime Minister 1964-70, 1974-76)

Norman Manley (Chief Minister of Jamaica 1955-62)

Neal Blewett (Australian High Commissioner to UK 1994-98)

Magnus Magnusson (writer and broadcaster, d. 2007)

Sir Goronwy Edwards (Director of the Institute of Historical Research 1948-60)

John Richard Green (Historian 1837-83)

Sir John Rhys (First Oxford University professor of Celtic 1877-1915)

Sir Leoline Jenkins (Secretary of State 1680-85)

Angus Buchanan (awarded V.C., Mesopotamia 1916)

Pixley ka Isaka Seme (founder member of African National Congress 1912)

Beau Nash (renowned dandy and fashion setter, 1674-1762)

Alfred George Edwards (first Archbishop of the Church in Wales 1920-24)

Vivian Jenkins (Welsh Rugby Union international 1933-39)


There are two book-length histories of Jesus College:

  • E.G. Hardy, Jesus College (London: F.E. Robinson, 1899)
  • J.N.L. Baker, Jesus College, Oxford, 1571-1971 (Oxford: Jesus College, 1971)

and two shorter articles of value, including the summary in the Victoria County History:

  • J.N.L. Baker, 'Jesus College', pages 264-279 in H.E. Salter & M.D. Lobel (editors), A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 3: The University of Oxford (London: Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research, 1954)
  • Brigid Allen, 'The Early History of Jesus College, Oxford, 1571-1603Oxoniensia LXIII (1998), pages 105-124.

The annual Jesus College Record (previously entitled the Jesus College Magazine and Dragon) has published articles on many aspects of college history.

The Jesus Authors collection in the Meyricke Library consists of books by and about Fellows, Old Members, and others associated with Jesus College. It is catalogued on SOLO and available in the Periodicals Room for current College members to borrow from, with the exception of books by and about T.E. Lawrence, which are confined to the Library. Donations are welcomed.