Boys entering the School 1803-95
These lists are taken from those printed in the Ampleforth Diary of 1888-92 by Fr Hildebrand Bradley, and continued in the Ampleforth Journal of 1895, assembled by Fr Bernard Hutchison, who derived them (probably) from a list made from memory by Fr Bede Smith about 1850, giving 207 names, and also - we may guess - from oral memory for the details of their later lives. We have added 35 names form the Flinn list [ca 1830]. Much of this information is oral history (in some cases literally from longstanding memory) and should be treated with caution. Please point out to the editors any corrections needed.
|Sources in the Ampleforth Journal|
|1855-1860||AJ 2:1 (1896) 129|
|1861-1869||AJ 2:2 (1897) 245|
|1870-1879||AJ 2:3 (1897) 374|
|1880-1889||AJ 3:1 (1897) 111|
|1890-1895||AJ 3:2 (1897) 251|
THE FLINN LIST
In 1927-28 there came to the Archives (there is no current record of where from) a list of the boys who were in the School from its opening in 1802 until 1829. On the outside sheet there is the inscription "G. H. Flinn's Catalogue of Students" ; the writer later became Dom Henry George Flinn and was one of the few who remained at Ampleforth when the exodus to Prior Park took place in May 1830. It is described in Ampleforth Journal 34 (1928) 251-53
The importance of this Flinn list is that when in 1830 Prior Burgess and others left to join Bishop Baines at Prior Park they took with them much of the records - such as they were - and (perhaps because of the fire there in 1836) few of them have survived, so that we cannot check against entries of payment in the account ledgers, or other sources.
The Diary gave the names of 246 boys, 38 of which are not contained in Flinn and the latter gives the names of 247 boys, 35 of which are not in the Diary. Taking both lists together, we arrive at a total of 281 or 285 boys for the first twenty-eight years of our existence here.
The list that follows gives the names, and dates of arrival when mentioned in Flinn, of all those boys who are in Flinn but do not figure in the Diary lists.
J. Birdshall (This is deleted and Burchall is written above)