The William Stone Society was established in 2011 to recognize those who have remembered the College in their will. It was named in honour of William Stone (1857-1958) who is second only to the founder, Hugo de Balsham, in the importance of his bequest to Peterhouse. The third son of John Stone Esq., Town Clerk of Bath, William Stone matriculated in 1875, the same year that James Dewar, the Jacksonian Professor, was admitted as a Member of Peterhouse. He was the first Scholar of Peterhouse in Natural Sciences but turned down a Fellowship on graduation, preferring his independence. During WWII he acquired many of the sets in Albany, Piccadilly, and on his death left the freeholds to the College as well as further endowments. His legacy enabled the College to establish the William Stone Research Fellowship and the William Stone Studentships, and to construct the William Stone Building. The impact of his generosity on the well-being of the College can hardly be overestimated which is why this Society has been named in his honour.
If you have made provision for the College in your will please let the Development Offcie know - we will be delighted to add you to the growing list of members!