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Queens' Cambridge is distinguished from Queen's Oxford by the position of its apostrophe nowadays. Not sure whether the same applied then. Queen's Oxford refers to but one queen, while Cambridge has more. It is also not as affluent as its more well off namesake in the other place.
The apostophe after the s was first used in 1823 and became official in 1831. In Pepys' time it would have had the same - Queen's - spelling as the Oxford college. See:
from the amazingly detailed page Grahamt came up with:
"The formal corporate title of the College is now:
"The Queen's College of St Margaret and St Bernard, commonly called Queens' College, in the University of Cambridge.
"which shows both forms of spelling. This is formally correct. The name of the college when qualified by the patron saints is spelt in the singular; the short-form name is spelt in the plural."
Great find, Grahamt!
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.