Powell, Frederick York

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Powell, Frederick York Gender: M
born on 14 January 1850 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°58' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 04°12 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 14°15'

Frederick York Powell (caricatured by Spy [Leslie Ward] in Vanity Fair, March 1895)


English historian and scholar.

He became law-lecturer and tutor of Christ Church, fellow of Oriel College, delegate of the Clarendon Press, and in 1894 he was made Regius Professor of Modern History in succession to J. A. Froude. His contributions to history were not extensive, but he was a particularly stimulating teacher.

He took a keen interest in the development of modern French poetry, and Paul Verlaine, Stéphane Mallarmé and Emile Verhaeren all lectured at Oxford under his auspices. He was also a connoisseur in Japanese art. In politics his sympathies were with the oppressed of all nationalities; he had befriended refugees after the Commune, counting among his friends Jules Vallès the author of Les Réfractaires; and he was also a friend of Stepniak and his circle.

He died on 8 May 1904, aged 54, at Oxford.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes his letter to J.B. Yeats (who requested the data to do his horoscope) in "Frederick York Powell: A Life and a Selection from His Letters and Occasional Writings" by Oliver Elton (Clarendon, 1906), p. 331: "To J. B. Yeats. Bedford Park, Jan. 5, 1902. I was born at about 10 am, 14th Jany. 1850 at 43 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury."

Wikipedia has 4 January. Scholfield confirms 14 January from the birth notice in The Times, 16 January 1850, p. 9: "On the 14th inst., at 43, Woburn-place, Russell-square, the lady of Frederick Powell, esq., of a son."


  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Connoisseur in Japanese art)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Law lecturer)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian