SNELL, JOHN (1629-1679), founder of the Snell exhibitions at Oxford, was born in 1629 in Ayrshire, Scotland^ the son of a blacksmith. He joined the royalists during the civil war, and fought in several battles, including Worcester. Thereafter he took refuge in Cheshire, where he met Sir Orlando Bridgeman, whose clerk he became, being raised to the offices of court -crier and seal-bearer as his patron was promoted to those of judge and Lord Keeper. Later he was secretary to the Duke of Monmouth and had the management of his Scottish estates. He died at Oxford cm the 6th of August 1679, leaving a bequest for sending students from Glasgow University to an Oxford college or hall. The Court of Chancery decided in 1693 that Balliol should receive the beneficiaries.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)