Robert Townley Caldwell
Born(1843-03-16)16 March 1843
Bridgetown, Barbados
Died8 September 1914(1914-09-08) (aged 71)
Inneshewen, Dess, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Ellen Philippa Mary Farquhar
(m. 1883)
  • William Bletterman Caldwell (father)
  • Elizabeth Townley (mother)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge

Robert Townley Caldwell (16 March 1843 – 8 September 1914) was the Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1906 to 1914.


Born in Barbados on 16 March 1843, he was educated at St John's College, Winnipeg,[1] King's College, London and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. as 10th wrangler in 1865.[2] Elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi in 1865, he spent the rest of his working life there serving as a Mathematical Lecturer, Bursar and finally Master[3] until his death on 8 September 1914.[4] He was also an active Cambridgeshire Freemason, from his initiation into Isaac Newton University Lodge rising to be Provincial Grand Master.[5]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 9780199540877
  2. ^ "Caldwell, Robert Townley (CLDL861RT)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ ”The College of Corpus Christi and of the Blessed Virgin Mary A History from 1822 to 1952” Bury, JPT Cambridge CUP, 1952
  4. ^ Death Of The Master Of Corpus. Business Head And Reformer. The Times Wednesday, Sep 09, 1914; pg. 11; Issue 40630; col D
  5. ^ "Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire - Col. Robert Caldwell (1891 - 1914)".
Academic offices Preceded byEdward Henry Perowne Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1906–1914 Succeeded byEdmund Courtenay Pearce