Edward Farrer had originally come from St. Andrew’s University, and had then been admitted to Trinity College, Dublin in 1647.
He moved to Magdalen Hall, Oxford in 1651, before being elected a Fellow of University College in 1653, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1689, he was elected Master to replace the deposed Obadiah Walker.
His was a short Mastership, as he died in February 1690/1. Anthony Wood’s comment on his death deserve full quotation:
Feb. 13, Friday, circa meridiem, died suddenly of an apoplexy Dr. Edward Ferrar, Master of Univ. Coll., on his clo<se> stool. Much given to bibbing and smoking and but to little exercise. (A. Clark, Wood’s Life and Times, Vol. III [Oxford Historical Society Vol. 26, 1894] p.355).
The only document specifically about Ferrar in the Archives concerns his term as College Bursar in 1651/2-1652/3.
Catalogued in October 1996.
UC:MA31/F1/1 30 Mar 1654
Rough accounts of Edward Farrer when Bursar of University College, mostly concerning money owed to or by him.