Harold Milner 1673-1711

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Harold or Harrold MILNER 1673-1711

Biographical Note

Son of John Milner of Wakefield, Yorkshire. Attended Wakefield School. Admitted as a sizar at Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1689; scholar 1690; BA 1693 and MA 1699. Head Master of Daventry School, Northamptonshire, 1701-11. (According to ACAD he was ordained in 1701 and a priest in 1709, but he does not appear in the CCEd Church of England Database.)


A list, taken on 26 October 1711 by Benjamin Frauncis, of over 150 books belonging to Milner is in the Peterborough Diocesan Archives, and has been transcribed by D. K. Shearing. These were valued at over £8.0.0 in total, ranging from a work by Robertson - probably William Robertson’s Greek-Latin and Latin-Greek Thesaurus, (1688) - at 7s 6d to an edition of Lykosthenes’s Apothegmata at 1d; a few do not have values against them. The list’s minimal detailing ('Suetonius', ‘an old small Horace’) makes clear identification difficult in many cases, but it is clear that the majority were editions of Greek and Roman authors, or associated reference materials such as commentaries and grammars.


  • ACAD A Cambridge Alumni Database, ‘Milner, Harold’.
  • Peile, J. Biographical register of Christ’s College, 1505-1950. 2 vols. Cambridge 1910-13.
  • Shearing, D. K. ‘Education in the Peterborough diocese in the century following the “glorious revolution”’. PhD dissertation. Institute of Education, University of London, 1990, pp. 109-13, 321.