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Esther Elizabeth Burrows

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Esther Elizabeth Burrows (née Bliss, 18 October 1847 – 20 February 1935) was a British academic administrator, the first principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford, from 1892 to 1910.[1][2]

She was born Esther Elizabeth Bliss on 18 October 1847 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, the third child and second daughter of William Bliss (1810–1883), a cloth manufacturer in the town, and his wife, Esther Cleaver (1808–1882), the daughter of Robert Cleaver of Saffron Walden, Essex.[1]

In 1892, Dorothea Beale, the principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, offered Burrows the post of principal of St Hilda's, a college for women which she was starting in Oxford. She held the post until she retired in 1910.[1]

On 8 September 1870, in Chipping Norton, she married Henry Parker Burrows (1833-1871), a partner in a Maidenhead firm of wine merchants and brewers, and they had a daughter.[1]

She was succeeded as principal by her daughter Christine Burrows.[3]

Burrows died on 20 February 1935 at her home, 47 Woodstock Road, Oxford, following a stroke, and was buried at St Luke's, Maidenhead.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Burrows [née Bliss], Esther Elizabeth (1847–1935)". ODNB. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ "BURROWS (née BLISS), Esther Elizabeth | The Badsey Society". 1915-03-18. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  3. ^ "St Anne's College, Oxford > About the College > Christine Burrows (1921-29)". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
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