A.S.L. Farquharson (Fellow 1899-1942)

Arthur Spencer Loat Farquharson (1871–1942) matriculated at University College in 1890.

He read Classics and obtained a First both in Mods in 1892 and in Finals in 1894. He then became a Fellow of University College from 1899 until his death in 1942, serving as Dean for many years, and teaching Logic. Nicknamed ‘the Farq’ or ‘Farquhie’, he was one of the best-remembered Fellows of his day, enjoying a reputation among the undergraduates for a slight eccentricity, and among the Fellows for his High Table repartee. However, Farquharson was rather more than a mere wag: he helped revise the Greek Lexicon of Liddell and Scott, and he prepared an edition and translation of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, which was published just after his death. Furthermore, it is said that, in 1923, he was a possible candidate for the Mastership. Farquharson joined the Territorial Army, and rose to the rank of Colonel, a title which he regularly used in civilian life. More information on Farquharson at University College can be found in Chapters 17 and 18 of Robin Darwall-Smith, A History of University College, Oxford (Oxford, 2008).

Only a few papers of Farquharson are preserved in the College’s archives. UC:S19/C1/1–3 and UC:S19/P1/1 were transferred to the archives in February 1999 as Accession No. 120; UC:S19/N1 and UC:S19/MS1 had originally been deposited in the Library of University College at an unknown date, and were then transferred to the College Archives in February 1996, and UC:S19/P2/1–2 were found in the archives during the stocktaking of 1993.

The Farquharson papers are divided into the following series:

UC:S19/C1  Letters to Farquharson
UC:S19/P1  Photograph of the College Seal
UC:S19/P2  Photographs of Farquharson
UC:S19/N1  Examination Papers
UC:S19/MS1  Fragment of Music Manuscript

For the complete catalogue of Farquharson's papers, a pdf version can be downloaded here.