Robert Woodlark

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Robert Woodlark (also spelled Wodelarke) [1] was the Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and the founder of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He was also a professor of Sacred theology at the University. [2]

Woodlark was one of the founding Fellows of King's College in 1441. [3] He was appointed Provost of King's in 1452, eventually being succeeded in 1479, by Walter Field. [4] While the Provost of King's, Woodlark began the preparations for the foundation of a new college, which he established in 1473. [5] His vision for the college was one populated by a small society of priests. [6] Indeed, Woodlark's original statutes for the governance of the college expressly excluded the teaching of medicine or law. Woodlark did not contemplate undergraduates at the college, instead desiring a small community of senior scholars of theology and philosophy. [7]

Woodlark served as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1459 to 1460, and again from 1462 to 1463. [8]

Woodlark never served as Master of St Catharine's, instead appointing Richard Roche as the college's first true master in 1475. [9]

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