Thomas Babbington Macaulay lived from 1800 to 1859. He went to school in Little Shelford. He was a poet, historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer and on British History. He was also the Secretary at war between 1839 and 1841 and Paymaster General between 1846 and 1848.
"At eight Macaulay had been sent from his home in Clapham to a select boarding school at Little Shelford run by an evangelical fellow called Preston. When Macaulay, feeling homesick, wrote home unfavourably about the people of Shelford, Zachary urged the 8 year old to set about reforming them."
From The Literary History of Cambridge by Graham Pearson