John Snell
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"Sir John Snell", founder of the Snell Exhibitions at the University of Oxford, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of a blacksmith.

He joined the Cavalier/royalists during the England/English English Civil War/civil war, and fought in several battles, including the Battle of Worcester. Thereafter he took refuge in Cheshire, where he met Sir Sir Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Baronet, of Great Lever/Orlando Bridgeman, whose clerk he became, being raised to the offices of court-crier and seal-bearer as his patron was promoted to those of judge and Lord Keeper.

Later he was secretary to the James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth/Duke of Monmouth and had the management of his Scottish Estate (land)/estates. He died at Oxford in 1679 and was buried in St Cross Church, Oxford, leaving a bequest for sending students from the University of Glasgow to an Oxford college or hall. The Court of Chancery decided in 1693 that Balliol College, Oxford/Balliol should receive the beneficiaries. Adam Smith was one beneficiary of the Snell Scholarship.

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