Alice Horsman

Born 9 March 1890, died 25 December 1978

Alice Horsman was a Classics student at Somerville College, Oxford. She matriculated in 1908 and was among the first women to be called to the English Bar. She practiced law for many years until deteriorating hearing forced her to end her career. Her law chambers were destroyed in the Blitz in 1940, and in 1943 she bought the Drimnin estate in Morvern, Argyll and took up farming.

With her adventurous spirit she took up sailing at the age of 65, cruising across the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean and later across the North Sea to Norway, keeping a medicine cupboard of Scotch whisky on board and never once succumbing to seasickness! She died in 1978 at the age of 89, but her abiding interest in her College never waned in her lifetime.

The Alice Horsman scholarship was established in 1953 and is open to final year students and to all Somerville undergraduate and graduate alumni who are in need of financial support for a project involving travel, research or further study that is intended to enhance their career prospects.

Alice Horsman Scholarship
Based on text included in Notes for Applicants for the Alice Horsman Scholarship 2011 Somerville College, University of Oxford