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of Davington from 1884 to 1886. He died in 1889, and lies buried at Ospringe. Canon E. Moore's first wife, Lady Harriet Janet Sarah, sixth daughter of Charles William Henry Montagu Douglas Scott, fourth Duke of Buccleuch, was buried at Frittenden in 1870. His second wife, Charlotte Isabella Henrietta, daughter of Charles Devon, Esq., survived him, and was buried at Ospringe in 1891.
THOMAS GIBSON HILL, M.A., of Queen's College, Oxford, held the living of Davington from July 30, 1886, until February 1892, when he accepted a Curacy from the Vicar of Croydon. Before his appointment to Davington he had been Curate of Faversham from 1882 to 1885, and Curate of Oare in 1886. CARUS VALE COLLIER, B.A., L.Th. of University College, Durham, was preferred to the incumbency of Davington on the resignation of Mr. Hill. He was born at Sheffield in Yorkshire in 1864, and is the third son of John Collier, Esq., of Oakleigh, Bridlington, Yorkshire. Mr. Collier was Curate of Bridlington Quay from 1887 to 1889, and of St. Jude's Church (Moorfields), Sheffield, from 1889 to 1892. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and is connected with many other antiquarian societies. He resigned the living of Davington in 1895.
Among the objects of interest preserved at Davington Priory is a sinall paten of latten, said to have been found in the grounds; in a depression in the centre appears to be a representation of the Trinity. The figure of the Father in the attitude of blessing can be made out, and in front of Him is a crucifix. Whether a dove has also been engraved cannot now be asserted. Around this central group there appears to be a faint inscription, which I read as "Benedicamus patrem et filium et sanc spirit'm."
In the cloisters is an old leather jug bearing a date and the letters TA. In the library (or buttery) is a brass object said to be a bell and candlestick used in the office of excommunication. In the drawing room (or refectory) is a small but fine collection of paintings from old MS. Service Books, for the most part from the Monastery of Certosa, Pavia ; the most remarkable being one of a Madonna by Franciscus Moronus, one by a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, and an illuminated page of some ancient copy of the Gospels, bearing the arms of Pope Gregory XIII.
THE RENUNCIATION OF THE PAPAL AUTHORITY BY THE CLERGY OF
WEST KENT, 1534.
BY LELAND L. DUNCAN, F.S.A.
AMONGST the documents in the Public Record Office relating to the reign of Henry VIII. are two volumes (Chapter House Books, 63 and 64) which contain the signatures of the secular clergy to the declaration that "the Bishop of Rome hath no greater jurisdiction committed to him by God in this realm of England than any other foreign bishop." This declaration, engrossed in Latin at the head of sheets of parchment, was signed by the clergy in each deanery. In vol. vii., State Papers, Henry VIII., No. 1025, will be found a list of the deaneries for which the signatures are extant. Most of the clergy appended to their signatures the name of their benefice, and this was the case in the deaneries of the diocese of Rochester. In the diocese of Canterbury, on the other hand, the only guide to the incumbency of the signer is the name of his deanery at the head of the page.
The following is a transcript of so much as relates to the clergy of what then formed the diocese of Rochester, together with the deanery of Shoreham (a peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury); that is, roughly, Kent west of the Medway, with a few parishes on its eastern bank. Notes of the dates of institution to the various benefices have been added. The references (D., fol. 26, etc.) are to a volume. at Rochester known as the "Register of the Spiritualities of Rochester, D." The entries therein of institutions were extracted by Thorpe, and are amongst his MSS. in the Library of the Society of Antiquaries, from whence they have been
obtained. The references to wills (ix., fol. 170, etc.) are to the Will Registers of the Consistory Court of Rochester, now at Somerset House.
The signatures are undated, but they must have been obtained in the first half of 1534, since Thomas Snydall, vicar of Hallyng, was succeeded on 24 July, William Whyteacre, rector of Offham, on 20 August, and Christopher Browne, vicar of Frindsbury, on 28 August of that yearall three vacancies being caused by death.
It will be observed that three of these West Kent parishes had the advantage of retaining their parish priests throughout the whole of the trying period of change which took place in the Church of England in the sixteenth century :
CHRISTOPHER Thomson was vicar of Cudham from 1525
ROBERT HALE was rector of Lee from 1526 to 1567.
JOHN BUTTYLL was rector of Cuxton from 1522 to 1576.
[Page 76.] [P.R.O. Chapter House Books, 64.]
ROMANUS EPISCOPUS NON HABET MAJOREM ALIQUAM JURISDICTIONEM A DEO SIBI COLLATAM IN HOC REGNO ANGLIÆ QUAM QUIVIS ALIUS EXTERNUS EPISCOPUS.
[DEANERY OF DARTFORD.]
XPOFER THOMSON, VICER OF COWDAM.
Instituted 29 Nov. 1525 on the death of Arnold Baxster. Patrons, P. and C. of Kilborne (D., fol. 132"). He died 1561. (Will Rochester Consistory Court, book xiii., fol. 1.)
ROBERTS BAKER, RECTOR DE FOTYSCRAY.
Ds Robertus Baker, rector 11 Oct. 1533 (Lib. Tax., fol. 103a). Item 10 Oct. 1534 (fol. 106).
JOH'ES HALETT, VICER DE WYLMYNGTON.
Instituted 12 October 1526 on the death of William Wiggen. Patrons, P. and C. Rochester (D., fol. 134"). He died 1540.
XPOFERUS NELSON, VICARIUS DE WHESTGRYNWYCHE ALIAS DEPFORD.
Instituted 21 April 1532 on resignation of George Brynley. Patron, the King (D., fol. 164"). His will dated 6 Aug. 1547, proved 7 Jan. 1547-8 (book xi., fol. 6a).
RADULPHUS TOMSON, CURATS DE SUTTON.
Sir Rauff Tomson, preste, witness to will of John Pulter of Sutton 26 Feb. 1530 (viii., fol. 288). The will of Sir Rayf Tompson, preste, of Sutton, dated 19 June, was proved 16 October 1543 (x., fol. 36").
XPOFER SMYTH, CURATOR DE NORTCRAY.
A witness to will of Richard Welsche, yoman, of Northcraye, 30 November 1531 (ix., fol. 13), and of Petyr Strodle 9 Marche 1540 (ix., fol. 293a).
CHRYSTOPHER MERTENDALE, RECTOR DE NORTHCRAY.
Instituted 10 February 1521 on the death of Thomas Creswell, on the presentation of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland (D., fol. 108"). He died in 1541, being succeeded by Christopher Smith, who was instituted 29 July of that year, on the presentation of the King (D., fol. 207). THOMAS GLAYUE, CURAT OF CHELLSFELD.
Sr Thos. Glayue witness to will of Robert Fleccher of Chellisfelde 20 Dec. 1533 (ix., fol. 109"). Sr Thos. Gleue witness to will of Agnes Burges of Chellisfelde 8 March 1538 (ix., fol. 276b).
EDWARD POWELL, CURAT DE FARNBROUGH.
Edwarde Appowell, curate, a witness to will of John Lambe of Farneborowe 20 July 1535 (ix., fol. 210"). ROBERT HALE, P'SON OF LEE.
Robert Hale alias Hales, lately Canon of Lesnes, instituted 14 Sept. 1526 on the death of Simon Templeman (D., fol. 134). He resigned in 1567, when William Brooke was instituted to the rectory 6 Oct. 1567. Patron, the Queen (Reg. Epi. Roff., fol. 104b).
WILLIAM CARTAR, VICAR DE HORTON [KIRBY].
Instituted 10 Sept. 1516 on the resignation of John Bathe. Patrons, M. and F. of Cobham College (D., fol. 74"). Nicholas Calver was instituted 18 Oct. 1545 on the death of William Carter; the King patron (Reg. Holbeche, fol. 24a). ROB'TUS DOWNE, CANTAR DE HORTON.
Was chantry priest (chantry of B. Mary) in 1517 (Act. Cur. Cons. 1513-18, fol. 249). In the Chantry Certificates, Kent 28, art. 105, P.R.O., it is stated that he was then (1547) 46 years old. The chantry was worth 116 24 a year, and there were 120 houseling people in the parish. He died 10 April 1549 (Reg. Edm. Gheat Epi., fol. 112). The will of Sir Robert Downe, sometyme chauntry prest of Horton Kyrkby, dated 13 Jan. 2 Edw. VI., was proved 18 July 1549 (xi., fol. 68). He mentions his wife Elizabeth.
S MATHEW FYSCHER, CURAT OF CHESLIS.
Sir Mathew Fyscher, curate, a witness to will of Roger Cheseman of Chesilhurste in 1533 (ix., fol. 108b).
ROGERS GRENHOOD, VICAR DE ELTH M.
Roger Grenhod instituted 19 November 1529 on the death of Phillip Carrok, on the presentation of Abb. and C. of Keynsham (D., fol. 138). His will, dated 18 March 1547, was proved 12 July following (x., fol. 218b); he there styles himself "Sir Roger Grenwodd, vicar of Eltham."
JOH'ES DEANE, RECTOR DE WEST WICHAM.
Instituted 6 June 1515 on the death of John Stocton (to whom there is a brass); Sir John Heydon patron (D., fol. 74a). His will was proved 26 September 1556 (xii., fol. 491). RIC. CLEMETT, P'SON OFF ROWXLAY.
Instituted 23 September 1521 on the death of John Raynold; Sir Edward Ponyngs patron (D., fol. 107b). He died 1541.
JOH'ES SWETYNGS, RECTOR DE WOLWYCH.
Collated 25 April 1511 on the resignation of Richard Rostone (D., fol. 55b). His will was proved 22 November 1540 (ix., fol. 312).
HENRICUS MORTHING CAPELLANUS D'NO EDWARDO BOGHTTON
Henry Morthing was collated 28 August 1534 to the vicarage of Frindsbury on the death of Christopher Browne (D., fol. 175a). John Tysane succeeded him on 24 March 1540 on his death (D., fol. 202b).
THOMAS BURNLAY, CURAT DE WYCA'
[i.e., East Wickham].
NICOLAUS JHONSON, CURAT DE CHARLTON.
DNS RADULPHE TYLENEY, CURAT DE BROMLEY.
At first curate, he was collated to the vicarage of Bromley 28 May 1537 (D., fol. 194a). His will, dated 8 June, was proved 10 October 1548 (xi., fol. 44a).
DN RYCHARDE BLAGGE, VYCARIUS DE ERRYTH.
Instituted 24 July 1521 on the death of John Rutone. Patrons, P. and C. of the Holy Trinity, London (D., fol. 107"). He died 1542.
DNS WYLLMS BUCKELEY, CURAT DE LEWISHAM.
A witness to will of Richard Skipwith, gent., 1522 (P.C.C., 28 Maynwaryng).
JOHANNES STYRKE, CURATT DE FOTYSCREY.