The miniature Oar that celebrates the Reverend Pughe

Oar inscribed for Reverend Pughe

Inscription on oar celebrating bow in 1st Eight

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Kenneth Mackenzie Pughe was born on 3rd April 1843 and named after his father, the vicar of Swanbourne in Buckinghamshire. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford on 19th June 1862, aged 19. He remained a scholar there until 1867, gaining his B.A. in 1865 and receiving his M. A. in 1869.

While at Brasenose, Pughe was granted one of the Somerset Scholarships and was also a successful candidate for the Indian Civil Service in 1863 (an opportunity he presumably turned down). He rowed for his college twice — as part of a six-man crew in the Torpid (or second boat) in 1865 and in the bow of the 1st Eight college boat in 1866 (for which this oar was awarded). For this last race, he earned the prestigious ‘Childe of Hale’ Colours.

From 1867-1879 he served as 2nd Master of Market Bosworth Grammar School before being appointed Curate of Drigg, in Cumbria (from 1879-1882), Vicar of Irton, a nearby parish (from 1882-1898). He was then appointed as Vicar of Drigg, as well as Irton, in 1898. In addition to his parochial duties, he served as the Organising Secretary for the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel for the Archdeaconry of Furness from 1885-1892 and Rural Dean of Gosforth in 1907.

Pughe died in 1915.

It is very fortunate that a photograph of the Reverend Pughe from his second period at Drigg survives

Luke Schrager

Oxford Alumni 1500-1886 (Ancestry)

Brasenose College Register 1509-1909: 1909: p.592

Brasenose College Register 1509-1909: 1909: p.592

Brasenose College Register 1509-1909: 1909: p.592

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