– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.


Q: I visited the college recently and saw through the gate of the private garden what seemed to be a large tomb. Can you please inform me as to what it is and who may be buried there?

A: The feature you ask about stands in the Fellows’ Garden and is known as ‘Dervorguilla’s tomb’, but is not a tomb at all. It does not contain any burials, and never has. It is made up of architectural fragments from a former chapel and front gatehouse of the college.

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