1828 - 1878
Classics, Trinity College
John Ambery, academic, was born in April 1828 in Manchester, England, and died in 1878 in
England. He attended the Manchester Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. Upon
graduation, he was appointed Professor of Classics in St. Andrew's College, Bradford, England.
In 1856 John Ambery left England and was appointed Lecturer in Classics at Trinity College,
Toronto. Two years later he moved to the Toronto Grammar School as classical master. He also
held the position of Inspector of Grammar Schools and was a member of the Council of
Education. Ambery returned to Trinity in 1863, holding the dual post of Professor of Classics and
Dean of Residence until 1875, when he was compelled by ill health to resign.
In 1858 he married Henrietta Frederick Foster, youngest daughter of Colonel Colley Lyons Lucas
Foster. They had four children: Ellen Marian, Charles Clayton, Edward Foster, and John Willis.
In 1876 he was appointed to the Chair of Classics at Bishops College, Lennoxville, Quebec,
In 1878 he returned to England.
[Source: Biographical sketch of John Ambery by his son, Edward Foster Ambery in F2067, Irving
H. Cameron fonds, Trinity College Archives.]