Biography of James Fall
James Fall (d 1711) was Principal of the University from 1684 to 1689. In 1685, he ordered the erection of a dyke around the College yard and the installation of a clock in the steeple.
Fall was deprived of his office in 1689 after indicating that he was unwilling to take the oath of allegiance to the new king, William III, or to sign the Confession of Faith and accept the Presbyterian form of government. He subsequently became a prebendary of York.