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Balliol College

Balliol College

Founded in about 1263 by John I de Balliol under the guidance of the Bishop of Durham.

After his death in 1268, his widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway (their son and grandson both became Kings of Scotland) made arrangements to ensure the permanence of the college in that she provided capital and in 1282 formulated the college statutes (documents that survive to this day).

Today, the college provides its students with a broad range of facilities, including: accommodation, the great hall (refectory), a library, two bars and separate common rooms for the fellows, the graduates and the undergraduates.

Visit Balliol’s website for more information.

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