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Lord Byron studied in Trinity College. Byron met and formed a close friendship with a 15-year-old choirboy, John Edleston. Byron described the affair as ‘‘a violent, though pure love and passion’‘. This however has to be read in the context of hardening public attitudes to homosexuality in England, and the severe sanctions (including public hanging) against convicted or even suspected offenders.
Trinity College (full name: College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity) is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. With around 700 undergraduates, 430 graduates, and 190 fellows, it is the largest college in either of the Oxbridge universities. By student numbers, it is second to Homerton College, Cambridge.
King Edward’s Gate, in Trinity Great Court, otherwise known simply as the clock-tower, is one of the oldest buildings in the college. The first clock appears to have been installed in 1610 by Thomas Tennant, of London. The bell has survived to this day and bears the inscription: TRINITAS IN UNITATE RESONAT 1610. RICARDUS HOLD FELD ME FECIT.
Betrand Russell won a scholarship to read for the Mathematics Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge, and commenced his studies there in 1890.