Charles Stuart Calverley

CALVERLEY, Charles Stuart. b. Martley, Worcestershire, 22 December 1831; d. London, 17 February 1884. He was the son of a clergyman, Henry Blayds, and was known until 1852 as Charles Blayds. He was educated privately from the age of five to fifteen, after which he was at Marlborough College for a short time before moving to Harrow in 1846. He won a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, and matriculated there in 1850, winning the Chancellor’s Prize for a Latin poem in 1851. He was sent down from Balliol in 1852 for excessive smoking and drinking, and for keeping dogs in his rooms (JJ  describes this as ‘coming under the censure of the authorities’, p. 200). At this point Blayds changed his...

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