This page lists over a hundred and forty former pupils (and fifteen members of staff) whose lives are recorded in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB). A dozen references in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) are also noted. In a few cases, it is uncertain whether a particular individual was in fact at King’s. There are no records of commoners before 1750, and the names of scholars are sometimes only surnames.
Charles Abbott, first Baron Tenterden (1762-1832), judge. ODNB.
John Herbert Arthur James [Louis] Armstrong (1946-2014), naval officer and barrister. ODNB.
William Armstrong (1859-1941), physician. ADB.
Samuel James Arnold (1774-1852), playwright and theatre manager. ODNB.
John Aucher (1619-1701), clergyman. ODNB.
George René Aufrère (1715-1801), merchant. ODNB.
Isaac Bargrave (1586-1643), Dean of Canterbury. ODNB.
John Bargrave (1610-80), clergyman and collector. ODNB.
Robert Bargrave (1628-1661), merchant and diarist. ODNB.
James Bate (1703-75), clergyman and writer. ODNB.
Julius Bate (1710-71), clergyman and writer. ODNB.
Theodore Bathurst (c1587-1652), Latin poet and Church of England clergyman. ODNB.
George Monck Berkeley (1763-93), writer. ODNB.
Stephen Bing (1610-81), singer and music copyist. ODNB.
Gregory Blaxland (1778-1853), settler. ADB.
John Blaxland (1769-1845), landowner and merchant. ADB.
Weyman Bouchery (1684-1712), poet. ODNB.
Sir Frederick Carl Bovenschen (1884-1977), civil servant. ODNB.
John Boyle (1563-1620), Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. ODNB.
Richard Boyle, first Earl of Cork (1566-1643), landowner and administrator. ODNB.
Edward Boys (1599-1667), Church of England clergyman. ODNB.
Edward Boys (1785-1866), naval officer. ODNB.
John Boys (1571-1625), Dean of Canterbury. ODNB.
Jocelyn Brooke (1908-66), writer. ODNB.
William Brooke, tenth Baron Cobham (1527-97), nobleman and diplomat. ODNB.
William Grant Broughton (1788-1853), Bishop of Australia. ODNB. ADB.
Sir Egerton Brydges (1762-1837), writer and genealogist. ODNB.
George Man Burrows (1771-1846), doctor and alienist. ODNB.
Cornelius Cardew (1936-81), composer. ODNB.
Benjamin Carier (1565-1614), clergyman. ODNB.
Harry William Carter (1787-1863), physician. ODNB.
John Carter (1554-1635), clergyman. ODNB.
Edmund Castle (1698-1750), college head and Dean of Hereford. ODNB.
William Chafy (1779-1843), college head. ODNB.
Benjamin Chandler (1736-86), surgeon. ODNB.
Nicholas Clagett (c1610-62), clergyman. ODNB.
John Chalk Claris (1796/7-1866), poet and newspaper editor. ODNB.
Sir Andrew Clarke (1824-1902), military engineer and colonial official. ODNB. ADB.
Roger Cocks (fl1611-42), Church of England clergyman and poet. ODNB.
John Coldwell (c1535-96) Bishop of Salisbury. ODNB.
Abraham Colfe (1580-1657), clergyman and benefactor. ODNB.
Isaac Colfe (1558/9-97), clergyman. ODNB.
Edward Henry Columbine (1762-1811), hydrographer and colonial governor. ODNB.
Sir Nathaniel Conant (1745-1822), bookseller and police magistrate. ODNB.
Hayne Constant (1904-68), mechanical and aeronautical engineer. ODNB.
William Cordeaux (1792-1839), land commissioner. ADB.
Richard Culmer (1597-1662), clergyman and iconoclast. ODNB.
John Denne (1693-1767), clergyman and antiquary. ODNB.
Samuel Denne (1730-99), antiquary. ODNB.
Edward Dering (c1540-76), clergyman. ODNB.
Alfred Brotherston Emden (1888-1979), historian. ODNB.
Nicholas Faunt (1553/4-1608), administrator. ODNB.
Sir Patrick Michael [Paddy] Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), special operations officer and author. ODNB.
Sir Robert Filmer (1588?-1653), political writer. ODNB.
James Ford (1779-1850), antiquary and benefactor. ODNB.
William Frend (1757-1841), writer and actuary. ODNB.
Accepted Frewen (1588-1664), Archbishop of York. ODNB.
John Frewer (1883-1974), bishop. ADB.
William Fuller (1670-1733), government agent and controversialist. ODNB.
Thomas Gann (1867-1938), colonial medical officer and archaeologist. ODNB.
Sir John Gellibrand (1872-1945), army officer. ODNB. ADB.
Sir Edward James Gent (1895-1948), civil servant and colonial governor. ODNB.
Sir George Gipps (1791-1847), colonial governor. ODNB. ADB.
Robert Glover (1543/4-88), herald. ODNB.
Stephen Gosson (1554-1625), clergyman and polemicist. ODNB.
William Gostling (1696-1777), antiquary and topographer. ODNB.
George Gregory (1790-1853), physician and vaccinator. ODNB.
John Gregory (1795-1853), colonial administrator. ADB.
Peter Gunning (1614-84), Bishop of Ely and theologian. ODNB.
William Harvey (1578-1657), physician and discoverer of the circulation of the blood. ODNB.
John Cyril Hawes (1876-1956), architect and priest. ADB.
Sir Cuthbert Morley Headlam (1876-1964), politician and diarist. ODNB.
(Patrick) Hugh Honour (1927-2016), writer and art historian. ODNB.
John William Horsley (1845-1921), social reformer. ODNB.
Sir Robert Baynes Horton (1939-2011), company director. ODNB.
Henry Hughes (1601?-52?), physician and poet. ODNB.
Sir Paulus Aemilius Irving (1751?-1828), army officer. ODNB.
Edward Jacob (1710?-88), antiquary and naturalist. ODNB.
Henry Jacob (1562/3-1624), semi-separatist minister. ODNB.
Robert Jenkin (1656-1727), college head and writer. ODNB.
John Johnson (1662-1725), theologian. ODNB.
William Knowler (1699-1773), clergyman. ODNB.
Michael Lade (1737-99), racehorse owner and miser. ODNB.
Edward Leeds (d. 1590), civilian and college head. ODNB.
Thomas Linacre (c1460-1524), humanist, scholar and physician. ODNB.
Thomas Lushington (1590-1661), author and theologian. ODNB.
Sir Fairfax Luxmoore (1876-1944), judge. ODNB.
John Lyly (1554-1606), writer and playwright. ODNB.
John Lynch (1697-1760), Dean of Canterbury. ODNB.
John ‘Rob Roy’ MacGregor (1825-1892), philanthropist and traveller. ODNB.
Frederick Mackeson (1807-53), army officer. ODNB.
Geoffrey Basil Maiden (1907-77), novelist. ODNB.
Sir (Howard) George Charles Mallaby (1902-78), public servant and headmaster. ODNB.
Sir Paul Copeland Maltby (1892-1971), air force officer. ODNB.
Christopher Marlowe (1564-93), playwright and poet. ODNB.
Herbert Marsh (1757-1839), Bishop of Peterborough and biblical critic. ODNB.
Francis Mason (1837-86), surgeon. ODNB.
Richard Master (c1515-87/8), physician. ODNB.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), writer and playwright. ODNB.
Michael Clement Otway Mayne (1929-2006), Dean of Westminster. ODNB.
Perry Mayne (1697-1761), naval officer. ODNB.
Edward Meetkerke (1590-1657), Church of England clergyman. ODNB.
Paul Micklethwaite (1588/9-1639), clergyman. ODNB.
Thomas Milles (c1550-1627), customs official and antiquary. ODNB.
Leslie Mitchell (1905-85), actor and television broadcaster. ODNB.
William Nassau Molesworth (1816-90), historian. ODNB.
Bernard Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976), army officer. ODNB.
Howard Mowll (1890-1958), Archbishop of Sydney. ODNB. ADB.
Francis, 8th Lord Napier (1758-1823), army officer. ODNB.
Alexander Neville (1544-1614), author. ODNB.
Stephen Nevinson (c1520-80), biographer and lawyer. ODNB.
Josias Nicholls (c1553-1639/40), minister and controversialist. ODNB.
George Parker (1732-1800), actor and public lecturer. ODNB.
Samuel Parker (1681-1730), nonjuror and theological writer. ODNB.
Sir Anthony Parsons (1922-1996), diplomatist. ODNB.
Walter Pater (1839-94), writer and aesthete. ODNB.
Samuel Pegge (1733-1800), antiquary and writer. ODNB.
Michael Powell (1905-90), film director. ODNB.
Cecil Robert Burnet Quentin (1917-79), professor of drama and theatre director. ADB.
Thomas Randolph (1525/6-90), diplomat. ODNB.
Thomas Randolph (1701-83), college head. ODNB.
Arthur Raymond (1892-1954), medical practitioner and air force officer. ADB.
Sir Carol Reed (1906-76), film director. ODNB.
Sir Alexander Meadows Rendel (1829-1918), civil engineer. ODNB.
Lawrence Rooke (1619/20-62), astronomer. ODNB.
Arthur Walton Rowe (1859-1926), doctor and geologist. ODNB.
Anthony Rush (1537-77), Dean of Chichester. ODNB.
George Sale (1692-1736), orientalist. ODNB.
Charles Sandys (1786-1858), antiquary. ODNB.
John Sawbridge (1732-95), politician. ODNB.
Sir John Guillum Scott (1910-83), ecclesiastical civil servant. ODNB.
Thomas Scott (c1566-1635), landowner and politician. ODNB.
William Somner (1598-1669), antiquary. ODNB.
Edward Sparke (?-1693) clergyman. ODNB.
John Spencer (1630-93), college head and Hebraist. ODNB.
Thomas Stapleton (1535-98), Roman Catholic theologian. ODNB.
Percy Sykes (1867-1945), diplomatist and author. ODNB.
James Tappenden (1742-1841), lawyer, banker and ironmaster. ODNB.
Edward Thurlow (1731-1806), Lord Chancellor. ODNB.
Peter Townsend (1919-2006), sinologist. ODNB.
John Tradescant the younger (1608-62), gardener and collector. ODNB.
Laurence Twyne (fl. 1564-88), translator. ODNB.
Thomas Twyne (1543-1613), physician. ODNB.
William Burton Tylden (1790-1854), army officer. ODNB.
Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), novelist. ODNB.
John Ward (1590-1638), madrigalist. ODNB.
Henry Weekes (1807-77), sculptor. ODNB.
William Weston (1549/50-1615), Jesuit. ODNB.
William Ainger Wigram (1872-1953), advocate of the Assyrian church and people. ODNB.
Cooper Willyams (1762-1862), topographer and artist. ODNB.
Robert Winchelsey (c1240-1313), Archbishop of Canterbury. ODNB.
Warwick Wroth (1858-1911), numismatist. ODNB.
William Wyse (1860-1929), classical scholar. ODNB.
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The following members of staff are also listed in the ODNB:
Richard Johnson (1656/7-1721), schoolmaster and grammarian. Lower Master and Headmaster.
Bryan Keith-Lucas (1912-96), political scientist.
Geoffrey Lampe (1912-80), theologian.
Peter Levens (fl. 1552-87), lexicographer. Lower Master.
Ashley Gordon Lowndes (1885-1956), biologist and schoolteacher.
John Mitchinson (1833-1918), Headmaster, Bishop of Barbados and college head.
Peter Pilkington, Baron Pilkington of Oxenford (1933-2011), Church of England clergyman and headmaster.
Alan Ridout (1934-96), composer.
Reinhold Rost (1822-96), orientalist.
Frederick John Shirley (1890-1967), Headmaster.
Charles Singer (1876-1960), historian of medicine and science.
John Barry Steane (1928-2011), teacher, literary scholar and music critic.
John Twyne (1505-81), Headmaster.
Edward William Whitaker (1752-1818), Church of England clergyman and charity administrator. Lower Master.
Thomas Wilson (1562/3-1622), clergyman and author. Lower Master.