The New International Encyclopædia/Blundell's School
BLUNDELL'S SCHOOL. One of the best of the smaller English public schools, especially noted in the west of England. It was founded in 1604 by Peter Blundell, in Tiverton, Devonshire. Beginning life as a poor boy, he amassed a considerable fortune, most of which was left to charities, the greatest of which was this school. There were founded in connection with it five scholarships at Balliol College, Oxford, for scholars of this school, which have brought many men from there to Balliol. Among the distinguished men who came from Blundell's are Bishops Bull, Hayter, and Conybeare, Abraham Hayward, the essayist, and R. D. Blackmore, the novelist. John Ridd, the hero of Lorna Doone, was also a member of the school.