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Elizabeth Wordsworth

WORDSWORTH, Elizabeth. b. Harrow, Middlesex, 22 June 1840; d. Oxford, 30 November 1932. She was the eldest child of Christopher Wordsworth*, headmaster of Harrow School from 1836 to 1844, and later Bishop of Lincoln. She was educated privately, teaching herself Greek, and becoming an accomplished linguist. After many years as CW’s daughter when he was the vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berkshire (also a canon of Westminster), and later a Bishop (whom she assisted in his Commentary on the Whole Bible), she was offered the post of Principal of a newly-founded hall for women in Oxford, which accepted its first students in 1879 and became Lady Margaret Hall. She remained its Principal until...

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