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CodeNA6800
Dates1844-1930
Person NameSpooner; William, Archibald (1844-1930); warden
SurnameSpooner
ForenamesWilliam, Archibald
Epithetwarden
ActivityWilliam Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), warden of New College, Oxford, was the son of William Spooner, barrister, and Jane Lydia Wilson. As an albino he suffered from problems with his eyes and sense of taste. Spooner was educated at Oswestry School and New College, Oxford, 1862, graduating with first classes in Classical Moderations, 1864, and Literae Humaniores, 1866. Spooner became a fellow, 1867, lecturer, 1868, tutor, 1869, dean, 1876-1889, warden, 1903, and, after his retirement in 1924, an honorary fellow.

Spooner was ordained a deacon, 1872 and a priest, 1875. He married Frances Wycliffe Goodwin, 1878, and they had two sons and five daughters. He was made an honorary canon of Christ Church, 1899 and gained his DD, 1903. It was his lapses in speech for which he is best known, resulting in the coining of the word 'Spoonerism'. He was a member and secretary of the Political Economy Club. His publications include: 'The Histories of Tacitus' (1891); 'Bishop Butler' (1901); 'William of Wykeham' (1909).
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