William Archibald Spooner

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William Archibald Spooner

Birthplace: London, England (United Kingdom)
Death: August 29, 1930 (86)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Grasmere, Cumbria , England
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Son of William Spooner and Jane Lydia Spooner
Husband of Frances Wycliffe Spooner
Father of William Wycliffe Spooner; Frances Catherine Dodgson; Rosemary Spooner; Ellen Maxwell Spooner and Agnes Mary Spooner
Brother of Henry Maxwell Spooner

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About William Archibald Spooner

Spooner was born at 17 Chapel Street, Grosvenor Place, London, SW1. He was educated at Oswestry School (where he was a contemporary of Frederick Gustavus Burnaby) and New College, Oxford, where he was the first non-Wykehamist to become an undergraduate. He was ordained deacon in the Church of England in 1872 and priest in 1875. He had five children: William Wycliffe, Frances Catherine, Rosemary, Ellen Maxwell, and Agnes Mary.

Spooner remained at New College for more than sixty years, serving as fellow (1867), lecturer (1868), tutor (1869), dean (1876–1889) and warden (1903–1924). He lectured on ancient history, divinity and philosophy (especially on Aristotle's ethics).

Spooner became famous for his (real or alleged) "spoonerisms", plays on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched.

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William Archibald Spooner's Timeline

July 22, 1844
London, England (United Kingdom)
March 29, 1882
December 15, 1883
?, England, United Kingdom
August 29, 1930
Age 86
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Grasmere Cemetery, Grasmere, Cumbria , England (United Kingdom)