Reverend James Leigh Joynes, M.A.
Swinburne's tutor, with whom he lodged, was the Rev. James Leigh Joynes.
From ‘Men of the Day. No. 382.’
MR JOYNES is believed to have come into this world an indeterminate number of years ago; but for practical purposes he was born in 1848, when, after having gained the Newcastle Scholarship, he was brought to Eton in the swaddling-clothes of an Assistant-Master. Subsequently to this he became a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; and, in 1878, having arrived at years of masterly discretion, he succeeded the Reverend Mr. Durnford in the dignity of Lower Master, which has enveloped him to this day. In addition to this he is honoured by Etonians with the title “Jimmy” and with a popularity such as has seldom been extended by boys to one whose mission has consisted in inflicting mental and corporal anguish upon them.
Mr. Joynes is a scholar who has resolutely filled himself with all the reputable learnings, and who has even added thereto a casual study of the art of pedagogy. He is old-fashioned in his notions, has a pious horror of modern innovations, has handled the birch with an unsparing hand, and has usually accompanied his stripes either with a grim word of warning or a biting jest addressed to the victim at the block; so that he has left a lasting impression on many generations of little boys. Personally he is the most genial of men, very affectionate to old pupils, a keen observer of human nature in general, a mine of information relating to the English nobility of the present times, and universally respected from the top to the bottom of the social scale.