The Reverend Richard Frederick Hosken MA was both an OMT and a School Master at Merchant Taylors’.
Born in Cornwall in 1847, he attended the School from 1849 to 1852 before taking his degree at Trinity College Dublin. Having been ordained he served as a curate in Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland before returning to School to teach from 1875 to 1902.
He became a member of the London School Board, being co-opted in 1899. He stated his political affiliation as ‘Independent Moderate’, and having failed to gain election to the London County Council for the Moderate Party when the School Board was abolished in 1904, he became a council member on Finsbury Borough Council.
He was a craft and Royal Arch Mason, being a member of Sir Francis Burdett Chapter No 1503. As well as being a Founder of his School Lodge he was also a Founder of The Cornish Lodge No 2369, a lodge for Cornishmen finding themselves residing in the Capital.
He died 27 January 1907 in Friern Barnet.
The Hosken Memorial Exhibition, to enable winners to reside for six weeks in continental Europe to further advance their study of modern languages was founded in his name.
Hosken had a son, John Fayrer Hosken, who would follow him to Merchant Taylors’, and to the Lodge, becoming Master in 1907.