Reading Time: 2 minutes Walter Besant was born on August 14th, 1836 in Potsmouth, Hampshire, England. He attended St. Paul’s in Southsea and Stockwell Grammar in London. He went on to King’s College London. In 1855 he was admitted to Christ’s College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1859 from Christ’s Church as a wrangler, an individual who attains first class honors in mathematics in their third year.