Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Downing, Sir George (1684-1749)

Landowner, and founder of Downing College, Cambridge, born in Cambridgeshire. Being childless, he stipulated that his estates should pass to each of four cousins in turn, and if they died without issue the money should be used to found a college named after him. Even when the last cousin died childless in 1764, the widow refused to give up the estates, and Downing College did not receive its charter until 1800.

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