William Gretton (1736–1813), was the master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Gretton was the son of John Gretton of Bond Street, London, born in 1736, and educated at St. Paul's School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1758 and proceeded M.A. in 1761.[1] Having taken holy orders, he was presented in 1766 to the vicarage of Saffron Walden, Essex.

In 1784 Lord Howard de Walden appointed him his domestic chaplain. He was subsequently presented to the rectory of Littlebury, Essex, of which county he was in the commission of the peace, and was made Archdeacon of Essex on 2 December 1795. In 1797 he was elected master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and was vice-chancellor of the university in 1800-1. He died on 29 September 1813.


  1. ^ "Gretton, William (GRTN754W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

"Gretton, William" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.