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‘trade-boys’ take up the baskets, bowls, jacks, piggins, and candlesticks, and
pass in procession, the bowing to the Governors being curiously formal. This
spectacle was witnessed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845.
Among the more eminent Blue Coat Boys are Joshua Bames, editor of Anacreon
and Euripides; Jeremiah Markland, the eminent critic, particularly in Greek
literature; Camden, the antiquary; Bishop Stillingfleet; Samuel Richardson, the
novelist; Thomas Mitchell, the translator of Aristophanes; Thomas Barnes, many
years editor of the London Times; Coleridge, Charles Lamb, and Leigh Hunt.
No boy is admitted before he is seven years old, or after he is nine; and no boy
can remain in the school after he is fifteen, King’s boys and ‘Grecians’ alone
excepted. There are about 500 Governors, at the head of whom are the Sovereign
and the Prince of Wales. The qualification for a Governor is payment of