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George Charles Brodrick

George Charles Brodrick
Grave in Peper Harow, Surrey

The Honourable George Charles Brodrick (5 May 1831 – 8 November 1903) was an Oxford historian and author who became Warden of Merton College, Oxford.[1][2]

George C. Brodrick was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he attained a first class degree in classics (1853) and in law and history (1854).[1] He was President of the Oxford Union during 1854–55. He achieved his BA degree in 1854, MA in 1856, and DCL in 1886. Brodrick was elected to be a Fellow of Merton College in 1855 and was called to the bar in 1859. He joined the staff of The Times in 1860.

Brodrick tried unsuccessfully to enter parliament as a Liberal and was opposed to William Gladstone's policy on Ireland. He was a member of the London School Board from 1877–79 and Warden of Merton from 1881 until his death in 1903.

He was the son of William John Brodrick, 7th Viscount Midleton and younger brother of the eighth viscount.


Brodrick wrote a number of books, including:[3]

  • English Land and English Landlords: An Enquiry into the Origin and Characters of the English Land System, with Proposals for its Reform (1881)
  • Essays on Reform (1867)
  • The History of England: From Addington's Administration to the Close of William IV's Reign, 1801–1837 (with John Knight Fotheringham)
  • A History of the University of Oxford (1886)
  • Literary Fragments
  • Memorials of Merton College; With Biographical Notices of the Wardens and Fellows (1885)
  • Memories and Impressions, 1831–1900 (1900)
  • Political Studies (1879)
  • The Reform of the English Land System


  1. ^ a b 'Brodrick, George Charles', The Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Volume I: A–F. Oxford University Press, 1992.
  2. ^ "Death Of Mr. George Brodrick". The Times. 9 November 1903. p. 6.
  3. ^ George Charles Brodrick books,

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Bullock Marsham
Warden of Merton College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Thomas Bowman