Richard Mulcaster, the octogenarian schoolmaster of the English Renaissance, devoted nearly forty years of his life to the education of boys, as headmaster of two famous London grammar schools, Merchant Taylors' School and St. Paul's School. His exceptional longevity has enabled him to put his own personal mark on the field of teaching in the Elizabethan period.

Born in 1531 (?) in Carlisle in Cumberland, Richard was the son of William Mulcaster, gentleman, alderman and later M.P. for the city. He went to Eton College for four years, then to King's College in Cambridge as a King's Scholar, and afterwards to Peterhouse where he graduated B. A. Incorporated in Christ Church, Oxford, he received the M. A. on 17 December 1556. …

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Cousin-Desjobert, Jacqueline. "Richard Mulcaster". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2007
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