John Crayford (died 1547) was a Master of both Clare College, Cambridge, and University College, Oxford, England.[1][2] Martyn was unusual in being a Master of colleges at both the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He was the only Master of University College to also have been a Master at a Cambridge college.

Crayford was a Fellow at University College in the early 1520s.[3] He was Master of Clare College, Cambridge from 1530 to 1539 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge during 1534–36.[4] He helped in the university's support for Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon in 1533. From 1545 to 1547 he was Archdeacon of Berkshire.[5] Later he became Master of University College from 1546 until his unexpected death in August 1547, only a year later.


  1. ^ Carr, William, University College, Routledge, 1998. ISBN 978-0-415-18632-2. Chapter V, The Sixteenth Century (pages 74–94).
  2. ^ Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0. Pages 99–100.
  3. ^ Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, Covert-Cutts
  4. ^ "Crayford, John (CRFT511J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ British History – Archdeacons of Berkshire
Academic offices Preceded byEdmund Natures Master of Clare College, Cambridge 1530–1539 Succeeded byRoland Swynbourne Preceded bySimon Heynes Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University 1534–1536 Succeeded byFrancis Mallet Preceded byLeonard Hutchinson Master of University College, Oxford 1546–1547 Succeeded byRichard Salveyn