Over the centuries, MCS has produced many distinguished OWs. Click the links below to read more about a selection of them.

Sir Felix Aylmer
John Anwykyll

English stage and screen actor
English schoolmaster and grammarian

Thomas Bickley
Basil Blackwell
Robin Blaze
John Bowers

Bishop of Chichester and royal chaplain to Edward IV
Bookseller and publisher
Bishop of Thetford

John Caird
William Camden
Christopher Chavasse
Noel Chavasse
Thomas Cooper
Sir Henry John Stedman Cotton
Sir Arthur Ernest Cowley

English stage director and writer of plays, musicals and operas
Antiquary and historian
British athlete, soldier and religious leader
Army medical officer and holder of two Victoria crosses
Master of MCS and bishop
Member of the Bengal Civil Service and MP for East Nottingham
Orientalist and librarian, Master of MCS

Sir Edgeworth David
Sir Walter Davidson

Naturalist, lecturer and explorer of the Antarctic
Governor of New South Wales in the latter stages of WWI

Edward Ellerton
Sir Vernon Ellis

Master of MCS and founder of many university scholarships
Chair of the British Council

Henry John Horstman Fenton
John Foxe
Accepted Frewen

British chemist who invented Fenton’s reagent
President of Magdalen College and committed evangelist
Priest, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Archbishop of York

Misha Glenny
Ben Goldacre
Douglas Goldring
Sir Richard Gozney
John Richard Green

Journalist and foreign correspondent
Doctor, academic, campaigner and writer
British writer and journalist
British diplomat

Rob Hamilton
John Harley

Jim Hawker
The Rt Rev Edward Lee Hicks
Ian Hodder
Ezekiel Hopkins
Lawrence Humphrey
Sir Tim Hunt

Entrepreneur, founder of Instant Offices, angel investor
Royal chaplain and Bishop of Hereford, Master of MCS
Founder, digital media agency and top PR guru
Anglican priest, author and Bishop of Lincoln
Author and professor of archaeology
Usher at MCS, Anglican divine in the Church of Ireland and Bishop of Derry
Dean of Gloucester and Winchester, President of Magdalen College
Scientist and Nobel Prize winner

Martin Jones


Jeremy R Knowles

Professor of Chemistry

The Rt Rev Arthur Thomas Lloyd
Charles Lonsdale

Anglican Bishop
British diplomat

Sam Mendes
Sir Thomas More

English stage and film director
Henry VIII’s chancellor and martyr

Ivor Novello

Composer of musicals and stage and screen actor

Julian Opie
William Orchard

Master mason and chief architect of Oxford between 1460 and 1500

John Parkhurst
John Parsons
Christopher Peacocke
Thomas Pierce
John Piers

Tom Piper
Austin Lane Poole

Bishop of Norwich
Academic, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and Bishop of Peterborough
British philosopher
President of Magdalen College and Dean of Salisbury
Bishop of Rochester and Salisbury and Archbishop of York
Theatre designer who designed the Tower of London poppy display in 2014
British medievalist

William Reeve
Jim Rosenthal

Entrepreneur, founder of LOVEFiLM and Secret Escapes
Sports presenter on British television

John Stanbridge
Nigel Starmer-Smith
John Stokesley

Author of a series of educational books, second Master of MCS
British rugby union journalist and commentator
Usher, English church leader and Catholic Bishop of London

William Tyndale

Priest and scholar

William Waynflete
Tom Wheare
Thomas Whythorne
Kenneth G Wilson
Sir Richard Olaf Winstedt
Cardinal Wolsey
Will Wyatt

Bishop of Winchester, Lord Chancellor and founder of MCS
English schoolmaster and head teacher
English composer
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Prize winner
English orientalist and colonial administrator
Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII
Media consultant, journalist and television producer

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