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  • Daniel Eliot, MP (1632 - 1702)
    Family and Education b. c.1646, 3rd but 1st surv. s. of John Eliot, and bro. of Richard Eliot. educ. Christ’s, Camb. adm. 17 July 1663, aged 17; travelled abroad 1664-7; L. Inn 1668. m. lic. 13 July ...
  • Poet John Milton (1608 - 1674)
    John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) was an English poet, most famous for his blank verse epic Paradise Lost. His father, John Milton Sr., was a well-off scrivener, and his grandfather a...
  • Sir William Spring, MP, 2nd Baronet (1642 - 1684)
    Family and Education b. May 1642, o. surv. s. of Sir William Spring, 1st Bt.†, of Pakenham by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Hamon L’Estrange of Hunstanton, Norf. educ. Bury St. Edmunds g.s. 1656; Christ’s, Cam...
  • Sir William Ayloffe, MP, 1st Baronet of Braxted (c.1563 - 1627)
    Family and Education b. c.1562,1 1st s. of William Ayloffe, j.q.b. 1577-85, of Brittains, and Jane, da. of Eustace Sulyard of Flemings, Runwell, Essex.2 educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1583; L. Inn 1585.3 m. (1)...
  • Sir Thomas Widdrington, MP, Speaker of the Commons (c.1600 - 1664)
    Family and Education b. c.1600, 1st s. of Lewis Mauntlaine alias Widdrington of Cheeseburn Grange and Gray’s Inn; bro. of Henry Widdrington. educ. Christ’s, Camb. 1617, BA 1621; G. Inn 1619, called 1...


Christ's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, officially comprising the Master and Fellows of the College as well as about 600 students.[1] The college was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort in 1505, its royal charter granted on May 1 of that year, and was the twelfth of the Cambridge colleges to be founded in its current form. It was originally established as God's House in 1437. The college is renowned for educating some of Cambridge's most famous alumni, including Charles Darwin and John Milton.

Within Cambridge, Christ's has a reputation for strong academic performance and tutorial support. It has averaged 1st place on the Tompkins Table from 1980–2006 and eighth place from 2006 to 2013.

As of 2013, it had an endowment of £138 million, making it one of the wealthier colleges in Cambridge.[2]

The college grew from God's House, an institution founded in 1437 by William Byngham on land now occupied by King's College Chapel. It received its first royal licence in 1446. It moved to its present site in 1448 when it received its second royal licence. It was renamed Christ's College and received its present charter in 1505 when it was endowed and expanded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, and her confidant St. John Fisher.[3] Along with Jesus, King's, Trinity and St John's colleges, it has also provided several of the well known members of the Cambridge Apostles, an intellectual secret society.