[28 August, 1654.]
Commissioners in the several Counties.
Whereas by the continuance of divers scandalous and insufficient Ministers and Schoolmasters in many Churches, Chappels
and Publique Schools within this Nation, the more effectual
Propagation of the Gospel, and setlement of a godly and painful
Ministery is much obstructed, and no Authority now in force
for removing such Ministers and Schoolmasters; For remedy
thereof, Be it Ordained by His Highness the Lord Protector, by
and with the consent of His Council, That the persons hereafter
named, shall be, and are hereby appointed and constituted Commissioners for and within the respective Counties within England
and Wales, for the ends and purposes hereafter in and by this
Ordinance expressed and directed; That is to say,
For the County of Bedford, Samuel Brown Serjeant at Law,
John Harvey, John Okey, Richard Edwards, Peter Neal, John
Neal, Joseph Barbor, St. John Charnock, John Cockayn, Edmund
Wingate, Samuel Bedford, Francis Astrey, Richard Wagstaff,
Gaius Squire, Edward Cater, Esquires; Peter Malory Gent. John
Crook, John Grew of Bedford.
For the County of Berks, Philip Lord Wharton, Samuel
Dunch of Puzey, Cornelius Holland, Arthur Eelin of Bradfield,
Trapham of Abington, Thomas Wood of Windsor,
Stroud of Ruscum, Esquires; Major Richard Fincher
of Cheetly, Mr. Angel Bell of Ockingham, Mr. Nutkin of Ockingham, Major Francis Allen of Abington, Mr. Mills of Hungerford,
Robert Stanton, Samuel Bellingham of Redding, Esquires;
Colonel Christopher Whitchcot Governor of Windsor, Samuel
Wightwick Esquire, Mr. Cook of Wallingford, Mr. Rusden of
Wallingford, Mr. Thomas Fettiplace, Thomas Cox of Stanford,
John Collins of Betterton, Robert Lush of Sparshalt, Andrew
Keep of West-Hendred, Philip Allen of Wantage, Thomas Stanton of Upton, George Lampole of Redding, Esquires.
For the County of Bucks, Philip Lord Wharton, Philip Skippon
Major General, Isaac Pennington Alderman of London, Richard
Ingoldsby, Thomas Scot, Christopher Eggleton, John Deveril
Anthony Ratcliff, George Fleetwood, Esquires; William Grange
of St. Leonard, Thomas White, Esq; Henry Whitbread, William
Scot Esquire, Richard Baldwin Gentleman, William Grimesdale
Gent. Francis Russel, Edmond West, Simon Main, Richard
Cambridge and Huntingdon, with the Isle of Ely.
For the County of Cambridge and Huntington, with the Isle
of Ely, Henry Lord Cromwel, Henry Lawrence Lord President of
His Highness Council, John Disbrow, Edward Mountague, John
Thurloe, Stephen Phesant, Esquires; Pickering of
Cambridge, Richard Tyms Alderman of Cambridge, Alderman
French, Robert Castle Esquire, Thomas Bendish, Joseph Eversden, Richard Stain Doctor of Physick, Francis Russel Esq;
Edward Leeds of Croxton Gent. Isaac Disbrow, John Lowry,
Henry Pickering Esquire, Mr. Bryan Alderman of Cambridge,
Samuel Spauding, Robert Vinter, Griffith Lloid, Gentlemen,
Nicholas Pedley Esq, Gervase Fulwood, Doctor Syncots, Ralph
For the County of Chester; Humphrey Mackworth Esq; Sir
William Brereton Baronet, Sir George Booth Baronet, Sir Henry
Delves Baronet, Robert Duckenfield Esquire, Thomas Manwaring,
Jonathan Brewen, Henry Birkenhead, John Crew of Utkinton
Esquires; Mr. John Ratcliff of Chester, William Tuchet Esq;
John Lee of Booth Esq; Robert Gregg, James Gartside, Nicholas
Goulborn, Calven Bruen Alderman of Chester, Peter Leigh
Alderman of Chester, Richard Green Esq; Richard Wright Gent.
Edward Bradshaw Major of Chester.
For the County of Cornwal; Francis Rous, Anthony Rous
Hugh Bascowen, Esquires; John Moyl, Anthony Nicol, Richard
Carter, Andrew Taevil, Thomas Ceely, John Thomas, Richard
Penwarn, Robert Bennet, Esquires; John Fox of Pendennis,
Thomas Howel of Truro, Peter Ceely, Chattey of Truro.
Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland, and Westmerland.
For the Counties of Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland
and Westmerland, Philip Lord Wharton, Sir Arthur Hesilrige
Baronet, George Fenwick, Charls Howard Esquires; Henry,
Ogle, Robert Fenwick, Ralph Salkield Esquires; William
Webb, Andrew Crisp, Edward Nelson, Thomas Craister of Carlisle,
John Wood of Cockermouth, Cuthbert Studholm, Thomas Langhorn, William Thompson, William Brisco Esq; John Middleton,
Anthony Smith of Durham, Thomas Lacy of Sunderland, Thomas
Huntley, Robert Sharp, Robert Lilburn Esquire; Alderman
Legard of Newcastle, Mr. Johnson of Newcastle, William Garnet
of Oasterton, William Applegarth, James Cock of Kendal, John
Archer of Kendal, Christopher Lister Esq;
Derby and Nottingham.
For the Counties of Derby and Nottingham, Sir Francis Burdet
Baronet, Sir Samuel Sleigh Knight, John Ferrars, James Abney,
Thomas Sanders Esquires; John Gell junior Esq; Nathanael
Hallows Esq; Robert Mellor, Edward Gell, Jervis Bennet,
Nathanael Barton, Edward Mould, John Spateman, Edward
Charleton, Edward Whaley Esq; Gervase Piggot Esq; Edward
Cludd, William Wightman of Stoke, Thomas Linley, Charls
White, John Oddingsels, Christopher Wilson of Newark, Thomas
Bristow of Elston Gent. Richard Trueman, Philip Lacock of Stoke
Devon and Excester.
For the County of Devon and Excester; John Disbrow, Arthur
Upton, Thomas Reynal, Thomas Sanders, John Blackmore, James
Erisie, John Elford, Henry Hacsel, John Copleston, John Serl,
William Morris, John Plea of Dartmouth, Christopher Ceely,
Justinian Peard, Esquires; Martin Parris of Plimouth, John
Wallacomb, Rowland Widdon, Thomas Bamofield, James Pearl,
John Row of Crediton, Christopher Marcin, John Champneys,
William Fry, Robert Roll, William Yeo of Plimouth, William
Dorset and Pool.
For the Counties of Dorset and Pool; Sir Anthony-Ashley
Cooper Baronet, William Sydenham Esq; Sir Walter Earl
Knight, John Bingham, Dennis Bond, John Trenchard, Henry
Henley, John Whiteway, Thomas Moor, John Bushrod, Walter
Foy, Esquires; Edward Butler, James Dewey, Edward Chick,
John Lea, Jeremy Pothecary, George Skutt, William Thornhul,
James Mew Gent.
York East-Riding, and Kingston upon Hull.
Thomas Lord Fairfax, John Lambert Major General of the
Army, Walter Strickland Esquire, Sir Thomas Widdrington
Knight, one of the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal; Sir
William Constable Baronet, Sir William Strickland, John Lawson
Esq; Mr. Stillington, Mr. Bryan Dawson, Captain Bradford,
Richard Darley Esq; William Coulson, Thomas Hudson and
James Nelthrop Aldermen of Beverly, Thomas Ness, Robert
Leppington, Edward Atkinson, Timothy Lun, Hugh Bethel Esq
West-Riding and City of York.
Thomas Lord Fairfax, John Lambert Major General of the
Army, Sir Thomas Widdrington Knight, one of the Lords
Commissioners of the Great Seal, Colonel John Bright, Alderman
Thomas Dickenson, Alderman Stephen Watson, Alderman
Geldard, Colonel Charls Fairfax, Captain Henry Westby, Mr.
John Penrose, Mr. Washington, Mr. John Wadsworth, Mr. John
Iscot, Mr. Marmaduke Rivers, Master John Vincent of Warnsworth, Mr. Ashton of Arnolds-biggon, Mr. Stanhop, Mr. Dineley,
William Farror of Ewood, William Ingleby of Ripley, Alexander
Johnson, Mr. William Drake, Captain George Byard, Thomas
Bourchier, Robert Smith, Jeremy Dickson.
North Riding: Thomas Lord Fairfax, John Lambert MajorGeneral of the Army, Sir Thomas Widdrington Knight, one of
the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal, Sir John Bourchier,
Thomas Wastall Esquire, Francis Lassells Esquire, George Lord
Eure, William Ascough, Captain Nicolas Conyers, Captain
Thomas Davill, Master Thomas Harrison.
For the County of Essex; Dudley Templer Esq; Dionysius
Wakering Esq; Robert Crane Gent. John Fenning Gent. Sir
Thomas Honywood, Sir William Masham, William Masham
Esq; Henry Mildmay of Graces, Oliver Raymond, Gobert
Barrington, Thomas Cook of Pedmarsh, Carey Mildmay, Richard
Herlackenden, Arthur Barnadiston, Robert Maidston, John
Brewster, John Meade, Hezekiah Haines, Esquires; Joachim
Matthews; Esq; Henry Barrington Esq; Herbert Pelham
For the County of Glocester, and for the City and County of
the City of Glocester; Nathanael Stephens, Adrian Scroope,
Thomas Hodges, John Stephens, John Dorney, Giles Hancock,
Jasper Clutterbuck Esquire, Sylvanus Wood Gent. John Wade,
John Grofts, Thomas Purey Esq; William Webley, Anthony
For the County of Hereford; Sir Robert Harley, Edward
Harley, John James, John Scudamore of Kenchurch, Thomas
Rawlins, Wroth Rogers, John Flacket, John Patteshall of
Puddlestone, Sylvanus Taylor Esquires; Thomas Eatan Gent.
John Ashton of Ludlow in Shropshire Gent. Priamus Davies
Esquire, John Chelmeld Gent. Thomas Blaney Gent. Richard
Reed Gent. William Botterell Esquire Thomas Seabourn,
William Lane, Francis Pember Gent.
For the County of Hertford; Henry Laurance Lord President
of His Highness Council, Sir John Wittronge, John Fiennes,
John Marsh, Francis White, Esquires; Isaac Puller Esquire,
William Turner of Hertford, Alban Cox, Master Combes the
yonger of Hemsted, Colonel Washington, Thomas Nicholl,
William Leman Esq; Ralph Gladman Gent. William Packer
Esq; William Hickman Gent.
For the County of Kent; Philip Lord Viscount Lisle, Henry
Oxenden of Dean, Esquire; Thomas Foach of the Isle of Thanet
Esq; Thomas Kelsey Esq; Peter Peek, Thomas St. Nicolas of
Ash, Esquires; John Boys of Betshanger Esq; Thomas Wilson
of Sandwich Gent. William Cullen of Dover Esq; John Dixwell,
Thomas Scot of Canterbury, Esquires; Thomas Munnings,
Robert Maskall of Canterbury, Edward Ower Gent. Whittington
Wood of Canterbury Esq; James Sceat of Tenterdeane, Robert
Gibon, Richard Beale, Lambert Godfrey, Esquires; Sir Thomas
Stiles Knight and Baronet; Charls Bowles of Rochester Esq;
Master Kennet of Lye, Master Lancaston of Rumney, Ralph
For the County of Lancaster; Sir Richard Houghton, Gilbert
Ireland Esq; Thomas Fell, Thomas Birch, William Ashurst
Richard Haworth, Edward Robinson, Esquires; William
West Gent. Jerijah Aspinwall, Randal Sharpless, George
Piggot, John Sawrey Gent. Charls Worsley, John Wiggan
For the Counties of Leicester and Rutland; Henry Lord
Cromwel, Sir Arthur Hesilrige Baronet, Francis Hacker, Peter
Temple Esquires; Master John Prat, Master John Godman,
William Hubbard Gent. Mr. William Stanley, Mr. Edmund
Craddock Alderman of Leicester; Mr. Samuel Wanley the
Elder, Mr. Anthony Major of Leicester, Mr. John Horton,
Thomas Cockran, Gent Palmer, Henry Smith, Edward
Smith Esq; Evers Ermine Esq; Robert Horsman, Edward
Horsman Esquires; William Shield Esq; Benjamin Norton,
John Weaver Esquires.
For the County of Lincoln; Nathanael Fiennes Esquires
William Savile of Newton Esq; Edward Rossiter, Thomas
Coppledick of Harrington, John Archer Esquires; Nehemiah
Rawson of Bickwood Esq; Robert Yearborough Esquire, Mr.
Wilsby of Spaulding, Philip Mounton Esquire, Humphrey
Walcott of Lincoln Esquire, Master Thomson of Roxby, Theophilus Hart Gent. Thomas Hall of Dannington Esquire, John
Disney Gent. Mr. Harvey of Lincoln, Master Marshal of Lincoln,
William Berrey of Grantham Esquire, Master Matthias Browne
of Harbling, Mr. Thomas Law, Mr. Whyteing, Mr. Tilson
junior, Alderman of Boston, James Berrey, Francis Clinton,
alias Fiennes Esquire, Master Cole of Stamford, Samuel Cust of
For the County of Middlesex and City of Westminster; Sir
Gilbert Pickering Baronet, Philip Skippon Esq; Sir James
Harrington Knight and Baronet, Sir William Roberts Knight,
Edmund Harvey, Edward Whaley, William Goffe Esquires,
John Humphreyes, Richard Downton, Daniel Proctor, Paul
Wittoll, Walter Bigg, John Brown, William Bosvile, John
Baldwyn, Maurice Thomson, John Stone, Francis Bloomer
Esquires, John Barkstead Lieutenant of the Tower, Edward
Cresset, Justinian Paget, John Downes, Henry Scobell Esquire,
George Evelyn Gent.
For the City of London; Sir Thomas Viner Knight Lord
Mayor, Philip Skippon Major General, Isaac Pennington, Thomas
Andrews, Robert Tichburne, Tempest Milner, Aldermen of
London, William Steel Serjeant at Law Recorder, John Sadler
Esq; Maurice Gethings, Thomas Staines, Master Ashurst, John
Strange, Mr. Barret, John Langley, John Stone Esquires;
Alderman Pack, Alderman Riccot, Stephen Eastwick Alderman
Abraham Babington, William Hobson, Charls Doyley, William
Puckle of Broadstreet, William Thompson Alderman, Francis
Warren of New-Fishstreet-hill, Mark Coe, Richard Lloid
For the County of Monmouth; Richard Lord Cromwel,
Philip Lord Viscount Lisle, Philip Jones Esquire, Henry
Herbert, William Blethin, John Nicolas, Francis Blethyn, Roger
Williams, Edward Herbert, Christopher Catchmay, Robert
Jones, Rice Williams, William Packer, Samuel Jones, John
Morgan, Thomas Evans Esquires.
For the County of Norfolk; Henry Lawrence Lord President
of His Highness Council, Philip Skippon Esq; Hezekiah
Haynes, Charls-George Cock Esq; Sir John Hobbart Knight
and Baronet, Sir Thomas Hogan, Robert Wood, Edward Ward,
Tobias Fryar, Henry King, Edward Bulwer of Heyden, John
Reynes, Ralph Woolmer, Roger Harper, Joshua Green, and
Thomas Scot of Lyn, Thomas Barret, Nicholas Salter of Norwich,
Isaac Preston of Yarmouth, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Thomas Garret,
Thomas Russel of North-Basham Esq; Edward Creamer of
Snetsham Esquire, Martin Hastings of Hindringham Esq; John
Toft of Norwich.
For the County of Northampton; Sir Gilbert Pickering
Baronet, Sir John Dreydon Baronet, John Crew of Stene
Esquire, John Thornton, Edward Farmer of Daventry, Peter
Whaley of Northampton, Thomas Brooks of Great Okeley Esq;
John Cleypool of Narborough Esquire, Thomas Pentlow of
Wilby, William Boteler of Owndle, Alexander Blake of Peterburgh, John Brown of Kettering, Robert Guy of Isham, John
Woodford of Northampton, Rush worth of Northampton, Mr. Grindon of Blacheley.
For the County of Oxon; William Lord Say and Seale,
Nathanael Fiennes Esquire, Sir Charls Wolseley Baronet, John
Fiennes, Adrian Scroope, Walter Elwood Esquires; Mr. Berry of
Oxford, Thomas Appletree; John Vue of Watlington, Gent.
Master Beale of Banbury, Tobias Garbrand Doctor of Physick,
John Carey of Dickley, Gent. William Whateley of Banbury,
Gent. Master George Blunt of Wiggington, Mr. William Allen
of Banbury, John Nixon Alderman of Oxford, Thomas Weeks,
Matthew Martin, Mr. Francis Webb of Bodicoate, Master Elisha
Coles, Hunt, Gent. John Goddard Doctor of Physick,
Doctor Crosse of Magdalene Colledge, Master Stephens of
For the County of Salop; Humphrey Mackworth Esquire,
John Corbet, Creswel Taylor, Robert Corbet, Thomas Mackworth, Thomas Barker, Roger Evans, Lancelot Lee, Thomas
Ketilby, Samuel Moore, Thomas Hunt, Rowland Hunt, Charls
Langford, Edward Cresset, John Downes Esquires, Captain
Richard Smith, John Ashon, Gent. William Botterel Gentleman, Richard Cheshire Alderman of Shrewsbury, Richard
Henage, Gentleman; Richard Piggot of Shrewsbury, Gentleman.
For the County of Stafford; Sir Charls Wolseley Baronet,
John Swinfen junior, Adshead, John Lee of Rushall,
Henry Stone, William Bendy junior, Thomas Bagnal Esq;
William Turton Gent. Zachary Babington, Thomas Sanders
Esq; Thomas Whitgrave Esq; William Gent Gentleman,
George Bellot, John Chetwood Esquires, Master Mott, Master
Myners, Master Saxon, John Ley, Thomas Fox of Tamworth,
Gent. Alexander Wightwick Esq;
For the County of Somerset and City of Bristol; John
Disbrow Esq; Robert Blake, Adrian Scroope, Esquires;
Alexander Popham Esq; Sir Thomas Wroth, Mr. James Powel
Richard Aldworth, Robert Aldworth, Thomas Gorges, John
Gorges, Esquires; John Buckland, Richard Jones, Thomas
Syderfin, Esquires; Sir John Horner, Henry Henley, Robert
Hunt, John Carey of Castle-Cary, Doctor Palmer, John Preston,
Roger Hill of Rounsford, Esquires; George Milward of Shepton
Mallet, Gent. Henry Bonner, Thomas Hipsley, John Hagget,
Esquires; Luke Hodges, John Harrington, John Sealy of
For the County of Southampton, and the Town and County
of Southampton; Richard Lord Cromwel, William Sydenham,
Richard Major, Esq; John Lisle, one of the Lords Commissioners
of the Great Seal, Richard Norton, Richard Whithead, John
Buckley, Esquires; Nathanael Whetham, Governor of Portsmouth, Sir John Dingley Knight, William Bowerman, Thomas
Bowerman, Francis Rivet, Robert Goffe, John Hildesley, John
Pitman, Esquires; Richard Moore, Peter Legay, George Searle,
Samuel Bull, Thomas Chase, Captain Newman, John Greenowes,
Mr. Horwood of the City of Winchester, John Waterman, Daniel
For the County of Suffolk, James Hubland, Robert Brewster,
Francis Brewster, Thomas Bacon, John Gurdon, William Gibbs,
Robert Gurdon, Joseph Brand, Esqs. Sir Thomas Barnardiston,
Giles Barnardiston Esq; John Clerk of Bury St. Edmonds,
Francis Theobald Gentleman, Nathanael Bacon, Francis Bacon
Esqs; Samuel Moody of Bury St. Edmunds, Humphrey Mosely
Esq, Barnaby Bowtel Esq; Henry Samson of Framlington,
Edward Barker of Aye, Mr. Woodall of Woodbridge.
For the County of Surrey, Philip Lord Viscount Lisle, John
Lambert Major General of the Army, William Sidenham Esq;
Sir Richard Onslow, Arthur Onslow Esq; Robert Tichburn
Alderman of London, Sir William Brereton, Francis Drake Esq;
Sidrack Brice, John Blackwel, Robert Goodwin, John Corbet,
George Tompson, Lewis Audley, William Molins, Walter
St. John, Francis Allen, Esqs; John Blackwel junior, James
Shirly Abraham Babington, Tarlton, John Rushworth,
For the County of Sussex, Anthony Stapley Esq; John
Stapley, Nathanael Studley, William Cawley the elder, Arthur
Betsworth, Anthony Shearly, Esqs; John Poling, John Love
Gentleman, William Polhil of Burrish, Mr. Got, Herbert Morley,
John Fagg of Wiston, William Freeman of Cowfold, Richard
Knowles of Waterfield, Edward Cook of Fieldplace, William
Hays of Hawsted, Esqs; John Holloway of North-Chappel,
Edward Prat, Anthony Hilton, Richard Manning, Thomas
Thorncomb, Thomas Ballard, Gent. Mr. Burdit, Mr. Bret,
Mr. Russel, John Busbridge.
For the County of Warwick, William Purefoy Esq; Richard
Lucy, Thomas Willoughby, Joseph Hawksworth, Esqs; Walden
Willington, Mr. John St. Nicholas, John Hawford Esq;
Mr. Thomas Basnet, Robert Beke, Esq; William Thornton
Matthew Bridges, Esqs, Mr. William Cliff, George Wills Gent.
John Brook of Stratford upon Avon, Francis Smith of Cleyton
Gent. Thomas Fish.
For the County of Worcester, John Wilde Serjeant at Law,
Sir Thomas Rous, Gervase Buck in the Colledge Esq; Nicholas
Lechmer of Hundley Esq; William Collyn of the Colledge Gent,
Francis Franck of Worcester Gent. Robert Stirrup of Worcester
Gent. Henry Philips of Worcester Gent. Nicholas Blick of
Bramsgrove Gent. Thomas Young of Handley Gent. John
Butler of Bramsgrove Gent. John Hayler of Bewdley Gent. John
Bridges Esq; Edward Elvins Alderman of Worcester, Thomas
Foly, Barker, John Corbet, Pit of Keen, Henry
Broad, Talbot Badger, Esqs; Thomas Martin Gent. Edmond
Giles the yonger, Thomas Roberts Gent. John James Esq;
For the County of Wilts, Sir Anthony-Ashley Cooper Baronet,
Thomas Grove Esq; George Cooper Esq; George Howe of ColeBarwick Esq; William Coles of Downton, Gabriel Martin,
Edward Mitchel of Chittern, William Sadler, William Shute,
Esqs; Mr. William Blisset, Mr. Humphrey Ditton and Mr.
Richard Phelps of Salisbury, Mr. Tho. Hunt and Mr. Tho. Baily
of Marlborough, Mr. William Temple of Bishopstrow, Mr. Middlecot of Warminster, Sir John Evelin, Alexander Popham Esq;
Alexander Thistlethwait, Mr. James Hely, William Ludlow of
Anglesey, Carnarvon, Montgomery, Denbigh, Merioneth,
For the Counties of Anglesey, Carnarvan, Montgomery, Denbigh, Merioneth and Flint, Humphrey Mackworth Esq, Hugh
Price, Evan Lloid, Robert Griffiths, Richard Price, Thomas Lloid,
Lewis Price of the County of Montgomery, Esqs; George
Twistleton, John Carter, Thomas Ball, Gerald Barbar of the
County of Denbigh, Esqs; Ralph Weld Gent. John Kinaston
Esq; Edward Thomas Gent. William Speed Gent. Samuel
Swanwich Gent. John Jones Esq; of the same County, Thomas
Dymock, Andrew Ellis, Luke Lloid of the County of Flint, Esqs;
Thomas Mason Esq; Daniel Matthews Gent. John Maddocks of
Hanmer parish in the same County, Gent.
Pembrook, Cardigan, Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Brecon and
For the Counties of Pembrook, Cardigan, Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Brecon and Radnor, the Lord Henry Cromwel, Philip Earl
of Pembrook and Montgomery, Philip Lord Viscount Lisle,
Philip Jones Esq; Bussey Mansel, Edw. Thomas, Edward
Prichard, John Price, Rowland Dawkins, Edward Stradling,
John Nicholas Governor of Chepstow, John Herbert, John Galer,
Evan Lewis, John Bowen, Henry Morgan, Robert Thomas,
Jenkin Franklen, Rice Powel, John Daniel, Sir Erasmus Philips,
Sir Hugh Owens, James Philips, Arthur Owen, Samson Lort,
Jenkin Lloid, James Lewis, Esq; John Lloid de Vairdriff,
Richard Brewn, Hector Philips, Rowland Gethings, Abel
Griffiths, Griffith Bowen, David Morgan, Edward Games,
Sylvanus Taylor, Esqs; John Walsam, John Williams, John
Dancy, William Jones, William Watkins, Thomas Watkins,
David Morgan, Gent.
The Commissioners shall call before them the persons, and receive Articles.; What shall be adjudged Scandal.
And the said Commissioners for the respective Counties
aforesaid, or any five or more of them, are hereby authorized and impowered to call before them, or any five of
them, any publique Preacher, Lecturer, or other persons
formerly called Parsons, Vicars or Curats, setled, or which
hereafter shall be setled in any Benefice, commonly
called, A Benefice with cure of Souls, or publique Lecture
having any stipend or salary legally annexed, or belonging thereunto; and all and every School-masters, who are or who shall
be ignorant, scandalous, insufficient, or negligent in their several
and respective places: And shall and may receive all Articles or
Charges which shall be exhibited against them, for ignorance,
insufficiency, scandal in their lives and conversations, or negligence in their respective callings and places, and proceed to
examination and determination of such offences, according to the
Rules and Directions hereafter specified, viz., such Ministers and
School-masters shall be deemed and accompted scandalous in
their Lives and Conversations, as shall be proved guilty of holding or maintaining such Blasphemous and Atheistical opinions
as are punishable by an Act, Entituled An Act against several
Atheistical Blasphemous and excrable opinions, derogatory to
the Honour of God, and destructive to humane Society, or
guilty of prophane cursing or swearing, Perjury, subornation of
Perjury, such as shall hold, teach, or maintain any of those
Popish opinions, required in the Oath of Abjuration (mentioned
in an Ordinance of Parliament of the 19 of August, 1643) to be
abjured, or be guilty of Adultery, Fornication, Drunkenness,
common haunting of Taverns or Ale-houses, frequent quarrelling
or fighting, frequent playing at Cards or Dice, prophaning of the
Sabbath day, and such as do or shall allow the same in their
Families, or countenance the same in their Parishioners or
Scholars; such as have publiquely and frequently read or
used the Common-prayer Book since the first of January last, or
shall at any time hereafter do the same; such as do publiquely
and prophanely scoff at, or revile the strict profession or Professors of Religion or Godliness, or do incourage and countenance
by word or practice any Whitson-Ales, Wakes, Morris-Dances,
May-poles, Stage-plays, or such like Licentious practices, by
which men are encouraged in a loose and prophane Conversation; such as have declared, or shall declare by Writing, Preaching, or otherwise publishing their disaffection to the present
Government. Such Ministers shall be accounted negligent, as
omit the publique Exercises of Preaching and Praying upon the
Lords-day (not being hindred by necessary absence or infirmity
of body) or that are or shall be Non-resident; such Schoolmasters shall be accounted negligent as absent themselves from
their Schools, and do wilfully neglect their duties in teaching
Who shall be judged ignorant and insufficient.; Ministers Assistant.
And such Minister and School-master shall be accounted
ignorant and insufficient, as shall be so declared and adjudged
by the Commissioners in every County, or any five of them,
together with any five or more of the Ministers hereafter
nominated in this present Ordinance, to be assistant to the said
For the County of Bedford, Francis Walsal, Dr. of Divinity,
Mr. Linford of Sutton, Mr. Thomas Aspine, Mr. Isaac Bedford,
Mr. Heward of Hawns, Mr. John Cole of Clophil, Mr. Lawry of
For the County of Berks, Mr. Fowler of Redding, Mr. Woodbridge of Newberry, Mr. James Baron of Hendred, Mr. Johnson
of Lockin, Mr. Hughes of Hinton, Mr. Tide of Abbington, Mr.
Stephens of Appleton, Mr. Lee of Brightwell, Mr. Bateman of
For the County of Bucks, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Butler, Mr. Dobson,
Mr. Luff, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Gladman, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Beverly of
Quainton, Mr. Marriot.
Cambridge and Huntingdon, with the Isle of Ely.
For the Counties of Cambridge and Huntington, with the Isle
of Ely, Dr. Samuel Bolton Master of Christ Colledge in Cambridge, D. Lazarus Seamen Master of Peter-house, Mr. Robert
West, Mr. Coldwel of Wisbich, Mr. Sheldrake of Levinston,
D. Warner of Balsam, Mr. Jephcot of Sotham, Mr. John Nye of
Cottenham, Mr. Bradshaw of Willingham, Mr. Hayes of Papworth, Mr. Lee of Outwel, Mr. Wells of St. Ives, Mr. Isham of
Hammerton, Mr. Meryl of Kimbolton, Mr. Vintner of Keyston,
Mr. Williams of Pidley, Mr. Taylor of Huntington, Mr. Halsey of
Hurst, Mr. Wallis of Broughton, Mr. Cooper of Elton, Mr. Spencer
Minister of Shelton.
For the County of Chester, Mr. Thomas Langley of Heldstretnam, Mr. Samuel Langley, Mr. Nathanael Lancaster of Taperley,
Mr. Samuel Eaton, Mr. James Mar bury, Mr. William Manwaring,
Mr. Newcomb of Gawsworth, Mr. Pemberton, Mr. Peertree, Mr.
Glendal of Chester, Mr. Thomas Upson, Mr. Silito of Laughton.
For the County of Cornwal, Mr. Jasper Hicks of Lanrake, Mr.
Tinkham of Truro, Mr. Thomas Peters of Milor, Mr. Caswel of
St. Germans, Mr. Toms of St. Stephens, Mr. John Wills, Mr.
Thomas Travers, Mr. Robert Jagoe, Mr. Welsteed of St. Ives,
Mr. George Highes of Plimouth, Mr. Debridge, Mr. Mawl of Foy,
Mr. Powell of Clements, Mr. Martin of Plimouth, Mr. Hancock.
Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland and Westmerland.
For the Counties of Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland
and Westmerland, Mr. Wells of Newcastle, Mr. Hamond of Newcastle, Mr. Prideaux of Newcastle, Mr. Theophilus Polwheele, Mr.
Richard Gilpin, Mr. Mathias Simpson, Mr. Comfort Star, Mr.
Roger Baldwin, Mr. Thomas Troyt, Mr. George Larkham, Mr.
William Hepkins, Mr. Herris, Mr. Halsey, Mr. Lane, Mr. Lepthorn, Mr. Trurin, Mr. Smith of Kirkby-Langsdale, Mr. Walker of
Derby and Nottingham.
For the Counties of Derby and Nottingham, Mr. John Rawlinson Senior, Mr. Emanuel Barne, Mr. Joseph Swetnam, Mr.
Walter Taylor, Mr. Peter Watkinson, Mr. Edmund Barton, Mr.
John Baylston, Mr. John Hieron, Mr. Thomas Bakewell, Mr.
Thomas Shelmardine, Mr. Frith of Mansfield, Mr. Samuel Coats
of Westbridgford, Mr. Laurence Palmer of Gedling, Mr. Vere
Harcourt of Plumtree, Mr. Cook of Sibthorp.
Devon, and City of Excester.
For the County of Devon and City of Excester, Mr. George
Hughs of Plimouth, Mr. Ferdinando Nicols, Mr. Ford of Excester
Mr. Anthony Hartford, Mr. Sanders of Hostleworthy, Mr. Bartlet
of Excester, Mr. Yeo of Newton, Mr. Bartlet of Beddiford, Mr.
Herring of Maston, Mr. John Row, Mr. Jonathan Hanmore of
Barnstable, Mr. Francis Sourton of Honyton, Mr. William Trevethick, Mr. Lewis Stickley of Excester, Mr. John Chishul.
Dorset and Pool.
For the County of Dorset and Pool, Mr. William Ben, Mr.
Stanley Gowre, Mr. William Allen, Mr. John Hardy, Mr. Walter
Burges, Mr. John Trortle, Mr. John Eaten, Mr. Constance Jessop,
Mr. John Loder, Mr. Thomas Chaplin, Mr. George Thorn, Mr.
William Hussie, Mr. Jeremy Turner, Mr. Wats of Morecreechel.
York and Kingston upon Hull.
For the East-Riding of the County of York, and Kingston
upon Hull, Mr. Luddington of Cowscots, Mr. Aty of Agnes-Burton, Mr. William Hyde of Wighton, Mr. Peter Clerk, Mr. Robert
Johnson, Mr. Micklethwait, Mr. Hame of Flamborough, Mr.
Fowler of Thwing, Mr. Garthwait of Carnaby, Mr. Crozer of Bridlington.
For the West-Riding and City of. York, Mr. Fisher of. Sheafield, Mr. Boles of York, Mr. Morehouse of Castleford, Mr. Smal
wood, Mr. Marshal of Woodchurch, Mr. Roots of Halifax, Mr.
Herring of York, Mr. William Stiles of Leeds, Mr. Calvert.
For the North-Riding, Mr. Philip Nesbet, Mr. Mannors, Mr.
Dove of Appleton, Mr. Peter Clerk, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Boles, Mr.
For the County of Essex, Mr. Stalham of Tarling, Mr. Willis of
Ingerston, Mr. Sams of Cogshall, Mr. Sparrow of Halsted, Mr.
Glover of Finchinfield, Mr. Peck of Pritlewel, Mr. Warren of
Hatfild-Broadock, Mr. Martin Holbech of Felstead, Mr. Matthew
Newcomen of Dedham.
For the County of Gloucester, and County of the City of
Gloucester, Mr. Alexander Gregory of Cirencester, Mr. Giles
Wortman, Mr. William Mew of Effington, Mr. Anthony Palmer
of Borton of the Water, Mr. Helm of Winchcomb, Mr. William
Tray of Odington, Mr. William Beal of Stow of the Wold, Mr
William Fowler of Walsterley.
For the County of Hereford, Mr. Woodriff, Mr. Lowe, Mr
Boyer, Mr. Briton, Mr. Primrose; Mr. Woodward of Richards
Castle, Mr. John Beal, Mr. Smith, Mr. Voyle.
For the County of Hertford, Mr. Philip Goodwyn, Mr. John
Warren, Dr. John Lightfoot of Munden-magna, Mr. Samuel
Tomlin, Mr. Thomas Mocker, Mr. Thomas Halseter, Mr. John
Young, Mr. Isaac Bedford, Mr. Nathaniel Eels, Mr. Tutty, Mr.
Slater, Mr. John Pointer, Mr. Daniel Dike, Mr. Lee of Hatfield.
For the County of Kent, Mr. John Davis of Dover, Mr
Player, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Durant of Canterbury, Mr. French
of Stroud, Mr. Steed, Mr. Samuel Selliard, Mr. Crump, Mr.
Bright, Mr. John Swan.
For the County of Lancaster, Mr. Herl, Mr. Hollinworth, Mr.
Anger, Mr. Herrick, Mr. Latham, Mr. Thomas Johnson, Mr.
Ambrose, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Gee, Mr. Michael Briscoe.
Leicester and Rutland.
For the Counties of Leicester and Rutland, Mr. Simon Peck,
Mr. Thomas Doughtey, Mr. Thomas Laurey, Mr. Richard Pike,
Mr. Pits, Mr. Henry Peirce, Mr. John Yaxley, Mr. Nicolas
Keystyn, Mr. William Sheffield, Mr. Samuel Blackerby, Mr.
Maurice Boheme, Mr. Barry of Costmore, Mr. Beacham of
Seaton, Mr. Rowel of Little-Casterton, Mr. Johnson of Timwell,
Mr. Levit of Ashwel, Mr. King of Okeham, Mr. Wells of
For the County of Lincoln, Mr. Edward Reyner, Mr. Scortreth
of Lincoln, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Naylor of Boston, Mr Male of
Falkinham, Mr. Ram of Spaulding, Mr. Reynold of Heytin, Mr.
Finch of Bellow, Mr. Hanford-Knollis, Mr. Moreton of Billingborn and Hirbling, Mr. Law of Wiberton, Mr. Angel of
Grantham, Mr. Whiting, Mr. Northan of Harlaxton, Mr. Beck
of Rippinhal, Mr. Brown of Stanford, Mr. William How of
Middlesex, and City of Westminster.
For the County of Middlesex, and the City of Westminster,
Mr. Robert Malthus, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Symmer of
Cheswick, Mr. Isaac Knight, Mr. Thomas Gilbert, Mr. Willis,
Mr. Rolls of Thistleworth, Mr. Price of Staines, Mr. Kentish of
Kattern, Mr. Williams of Wappin, Dr. Spurstow of Hackney,
Mr. John Bond, Master of the Savoy, Mr. Sanger, Mr. Philip Ny,
Mr. Obadiah Sedgwick, Mr. Bates of Dunstans in the West.
For the City of London, Lazarus Seaman Dr. of Divinity, Dr.
Drake, Mr. Samuel Clerk, Mr. Matthew Barber, Mr. Gouge of
Sepulchres, Mr. Abraham Molin, Mr. Richard Vines, Mr. Griffith
of the Charterhouse, Mr. Jacomb, Mr. Sheffield, Mr. Rutton, Mr.
Bragg, Mr. Arthur Jackson, Mr. John Bond, Mr. Sanger, Mr.
Philip Ny, Mr. Obadiah Sedgwick, Mr. Joseph Caril, Mr. Cooper
For the County of Monmouth, Mr. Walter Craddock, Mr.
Henry Walter, Mr. George Robinson, Mr. Roger Charnock, Mr
Francis Syms, Mr. George White, Mr. Thomas Barns, Mr. Abbats
For the County of Norfolk, Mr. William Bridges, Mr. John.
Brinsley of Yarmouth, Mr. John Martin of Edgfield, Mr. John.
Money of Wymandham, Mr. Timothy Armitage of Norwich, Mr.
Charles Franck of Thetford, Mr. Nathaniel Brewster of Alby,
Mr. Edmund Broom of Southrep, Mr. Breniter, Mr. Samuel
Smith of Sistern, Mr. Richard Wells of Takenham, Mr. Harmer
of Saxingham, Mr. Israel Shipdem of Swafham, Mr. Thomas
Thorrowgood, Mr. Johnson of Lynn, Mr. Edward Corbet, Mr.
Collings of Norwich, Mr. Peck of Hingham, Mr. Hogon of Lyn,
Mr. John Newton of Great Dunham, Mr. William Hall of
For the County of Northampton, Mr. Gyfford of Gayton, Mr.
Daniel Rogers of Wotton, Mr. Ball of Northampton, Mr. Pearn
of Wilby, Mr. Floid of Woodford, Mr. Resbury of Oundle, Mr.
Cawthorn, Mr. Wilson of Peterburgh, Mr. William Hodges of
Tickmarsh, Mr. Stephen Fowler of Creek, Mr. Timothy Dodd.
For the County of Oxon, John Owen, Thomas Goodwin,
Doctors of Divinity, Mr. Thankful Owen, Mr. Samuel Wells
Minister of Banbury, Mr. John Taylor Minister of Broughton,
Christopher Rogers Doctor of Divinity, Mr. Ambrose Upton, Mr.
Peter French, Prebends of Christ Church, Doctor Wilkinson of
Christ Church, Doctor Stanton, Warden of Corpus Christi, Dr.
Robert Harris, Master of Trinity Colledge, Mr. Ralph Button,
Mr. Brice of Henley, Mr. Owen of Remnam, Mr. Francis Howel
Mr. Henry Cornish.
For the County of Salop, Mr. Thomas Paget, Mr Francis
Talents, Mr. Heath, Mr. James Smith, Mr. Samuel Smith,
Mr. Thomas Gilbert, Mr. Francis Boughey, Mr. Thomas Porter,
Mr. Samuel Hildersham, Mr. Andrew Pairsons, Mr. Samuel
Campion, Mr. Rowland Nevet, Mr. Samuel, Mr. George Bartlet,
Mr. John Sadler, Mr. Bartlet Fraysel, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Wright of
Preston in the Wilmores, Mr. Francis Wright Mr. George Lawson
of the Moore.
For the County of Stafford, Mr. Burdel Minister of Walshal,
Mr. Burgess Minister of Sutton-Cofield in Warwickshire, Mr.
Butler Minister of Leichfield, Mr. Blake Minister of Tamworth,
Mr. John Greensmith Minister of Colwich, Mr. Machin, Mr.
Cleyton Minister of Wolverhampton, Mr. Sharp Minister of
Burton, Mr. Sound of Newcastle under Line, Mr. Not of Sheriffnals, Mr. Taylor.
For the County of Somerset, and City of Bristol, Mr. George
Newton of Taunton, Mr. John Moor of Aller, Mr. John Bennet
of Southpetherton, Mr. William Thomas of Ubley, Mr. Francis
Roberts of Wrington, Mr. Richard Fairclough of Mells, Mr.
Richard Allen of Ditchet, Mr. Richard Allen of Batcomb, Mr.
Thomas Lee of Chard, Mr. William Ball, Mr. Elford of Westmunckton, Mr. Stubs of Wells, Mr. John Devenish of Westonzoiland, Mr. Parker of Bruton, Mr. Bat of Creech, Mr. Cross of
Chew, Mr. Ralph Farmer, Mr. Knowles, Mr. Hassard.
For the County of Southampton, and Town and County of
Southampton, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. James Terry, Mr. Henry
Bartlet, Mr. Symonds of Southweek, Mr. Awdley of Clandfield
Mr. Cox of Bishops-stoak, Mr. Robert Webb, Mr. Merriet of
Cliedsden, Mr. Downs, Mr. Nathaniel Robinson, Mr. Robert
Dingley, Mr. Edward Buckler, Mr. John Martin, Mr. Robert
Tuchyn, Mr. Barns, Mr. Sparks, Mr. Langley of Titherly.
For the County of Suffolk, Mr. Philips of Wrentham, Mr.
Marshal of Ipswich, Mr. Ward of Ipswich, Mr. Hudson of Capel,
Mr. Mot of Stoke next Neyland, Mr. Brunning of Seymore, Mr.
Gurnal of Lavenham, Mr. Faircloth of Ketton, Mr. Gibbons of
Bury, Mr. Burrel, Mr. Cook of Glempsford.
For the County of Surry, Mr. Richard Bifield, Mr. Reyner of
Eggham, Mr. George Farrold, Mr. Gery, Mr. Iohn Arthur of
Clapham, Dr. Temple of Battersea, Mr. Parks of Morelack, Mr.
Roberts, Mr. Wright of Charlwood, Mr. Noel of Ockley, Mr.
Brisco, Mr. Plot, Mr. Peter Sterry.
For the County of Sussex, Dr. Chenel of Petworth, Mr. Anthony
Hilton of Billingsworth, Mr. William Speed, Mr. Cufley of
Arundel, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Maynard of Mayfield, Mr. Vinter, Mr.
Hawksworth, Mr. Smith, Mr. Stafford, Mr. Chatfield of Horsham,
Mr. Simons, Mr. Osborn, Mr. Corbet of Chicester, Mr. Dorrand.
For the County of Warwick, Dr. Bryon, Dr. Grew of Coventry,
Mr. Wills of Brumingham, Mr. Burges of Sutton-Cofield, Mr.
Blake of Tamworth, Mr. Walden, Mr. John Trap, Mr. Alexander
Bean, Mr. Dooley of Alveston, Mr. Butler and Mr. Richard Venner
For the County of Worcester, Mr. Richard Baxter of Kidderminster, Mr. Benjamin Baxter of Upton, Mr. Giles Collyer of
Blockley, Mr. Hopkin of Eversham, Mr. Bramage of Kemsey.
For the County of Wilts, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Chaldcote, Mr.
Adonyram Byfield of Collingborn, Mr. John Strickland, Mr.
William Ayres of Salisbury, Mr. Profit, Mr. Hughes of Malborough,
Mr. Hunton of Westbury, Mr. Peter Inch of Dinchead, Mr.
Hounsel of Chilton, Mr. William Clifford of East-Knoyl, Mr. John
Priaulx of Fovant.
Anglesey, Carnarvon, Montgomery, Denbigh, Merioneth and Flint.
For the Counties of Anglesey, Carnarvan, Montgomery.
Denbigh, Merioneth and Flint, Mr. Ambrose Mostin, Mr. Morgan
Lloid, Mr. Edward Boles of Harding, Mr. Steel of Hanmer, Mr.
Robert Fog, Mr. Orlando Fog, Dr. John Ellis, Mr. William Jones,
Mr. Ellis Rowlands, Mr. Matthew Jenkin, Mr. Jonathan Roberts,
Mr. Stephen Lewis, Mr. James Quarrel, Mr. Rowland Nevet of
Oswestree in the County of Salop, Mr. Samuel Barklay of Clungunis, Mr. George Lawson of Moor in the County of Salop.
Pembrook, Cardigan, Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Brecon and
For the Counties of Pembrook, Cardigan, Glamorgan, Carmarthen, Brecon and Radnor, Mr. Walter Cradock, Mr. Bedwel,
Mr. Ellis, Mr. Miles, Mr. Griffiths, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Samuel
Jones, Mr. David Davies, Mr. Miller, Mr. French, Mr. Higgs, Mr.
Love, Mr. Philips, Mr. Charls Price, Mr. Powell of St. Lythans,
Mr. Larvar, Mr. Davies, Mr. Warren, Mr. Jenkin Jones, Mr.
Swain, Mr. Richard Powel, Mr. Abbot of Abergeny, Mr. White of
the County of Monmouth, Mr. Lucas of Preistign.
How the Commissioners shall proceed.; Judgements shall be entred.
And the Commissioners in this present Ordinance authorized,
shall and may grant out Warrants under the Hands and Seals of
them the respective Commissioners, or any five of them, to be
directed unto the person faulty as aforesaid, or against whom
such Articles, Charge or Information shall be prepared or
exhibited, requiring his appearance before the said Commissioners, or any five of them, at a certain day and place in the
said warrant mentioned, to answer the said Charge or Articles
respectively. And after notice of the said Warrant personally
given to the party so convented or articled against, or left
at his dwelling place, or ordinary place of aboad, and that
notice proved by Oath to have been made or given by the space
of five days before the day of appearance in the said warrant
mentioned (no just cause being shewed and proved to excuse the
not appearing). And likewise after answer made by such as shall
appear upon summons, or default of appearance, or answer after
such summons proved as aforesaid, Then the said Commissioners,
or any five of them, are hereby enabled and authorized to proceed to examination of Witnesses upon Oath (if the case so
require) as well for, and on the behalf of the person accused or
articled against for making good his answer, as for proof of the
said Charge, Articles or Information; which Oaths the said
Commissioners for the respective Counties aforesaid, or any five
of them, are hereby authorized to administer; And after due
examination and confession of the party, or proof made by the
Oath of two credible Witnesses, or of one Witness with other
concurrent evidence of the Charge, Articles, or Crime objected
against him according to any the particulars before expressed, to
eject and displace all and every such person and persons from
such his and their respective Cures, Benefices, Places and
Charges, as the said Commissioners, or any five or more of them,
upon such hearing, shall adjudge to be guilty of any the Crimes
aforesaid; and shall enter their said Judgements into a Book fairly
written, and to be kept for that purpose; and to Sequester
as well the Houses, Gleab, Stipend, and all other profits,
and fruits belonging to such Churches, Chappels, Schools, or
Lectures whereof they are then possessed, allowing such convenient time for his removal out of such house as the said
Commissioners, or any five or more of them, shall think fit.
Proceedings against persons for ignorance or insufficiency.
Provided always, and it is further Ordained by the Authority
aforesaid, That before the said several and respective Commissioners shall Sequester or eject any Minister or School-master
for ignorance or insufficiency, such Ministers or School-masters,
accused or questioned for ignorance or insufficiency, shall be
examined by the said Commissioners, or any five or more of
them, together with the Ministers before named for the respective
Counties, or any five or more of them, and if upon such examination or proof made upon Oath, it shall appear and be so declared
under the hands of the said Commissioners and Ministers who
shall be present at such examination and proof, or any ten or
more of them, whereof five at least to be of the said Ministers,
that such Minister or School-master is ignorant or insufficient,
Then the said Minister or School-master shall be taken and
deemed to be ignorant or insufficient, and shall for the same by
the said Commissioners in this present Ordinance authorized, be
Sequestred and Ejected out of such Benefice, Lecture, or School,
and the said Judgement entred in their Register Book, and the
reasons of such their Judgement.
Who shall nominate to places out of which persons are Ejected or Sequestred.; Such person so nominated and approved, shall hold during his life;; And shall have an Instrument to that purpose upon the Death or Resignation.; In default of such nomination it shall be in Lapse.
And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
in all cases where any Minister or Lecturer hath been formerly
Ejected or Sequestred, and is yet living and none placed before
the thirtieth day of August, One thousand six hundred fifty and
four, in his room, or shall be Ejected or Sequestred by vertue of
this present Ordinance, it shall and may be lawful from time to
time, to and for any person and persons, having the lawful right
of Patronage, Election or Nomination at any time within four
moneths from the eight and twentieth day of August, in case of
such as are or shall be Ejected or Sequestred before that time,
and within four moneths after such Ejection or Sequestration by
force of this Ordinance, to nominate unto the Commissioners
appointed by Ordinance for approbation of publique Preachers, a
fit and able person in the place and room of such Preacher or
Lecturer so displaced, who upon such approbation by the said
last mentioned Commissioners, as in the said Ordinance is
directed, shall and may have, hold, enjoy and receive all and
every the Houses, Gleab, Tithes and other Profits and Fruits
belonging to such Place, during the natural life of such person so
nominated and approved, unless he shall be afterwards removed
by the Commissioners authorized by this Ordinance, for any the
Causes before mentioned, in as full and ample maner as such
person so displaced might have received or enjoyed the same.
And for that purpose in case of the death or resignation of such
person so Ejected or Sequestred, the Commissioners for approbation of publique Preachers shall and are hereby authorized; upon
such Nomination as is before mentioned, without any further
Presentation, and upon such approbation as aforesaid, to grant
unto such person admittance unto such Benefice or Lecture, by
an Instrument in writing, as in other cases of Presentation they
are enabled to do; and in default of such Nomination within the
respective times aforesaid, the Presentation for that turn shall
devolve in lapse unto the Lord Protector, and his Successors.
In what case allowance shall be made to the Minister Ejected.
Provided nevertheless, That in case the said Commissioners
shall finde that such Minister so displaced hath no other temporal
estate sufficient to maintain his wife or children (if he have any)
and in case such Minister so displaced, shall by the time limited
by the said Commissioners, leave the quiet and peaceable
possession of the Houses, Gleab, or any other Lands belonging to
such place, and remove his habitation out of such Parish, where
the Church or Chappel from whence he was so ejected, is situate,
That then the said Commissioners, or any five of them, shall
allow unto the Wife and Children of such Minister so ejected or
displaced for their maintenance a proportion not exceeding the
fifth part of the profits of such Benefice with Cure (all Parish
charges, publique Taxes and other duties being first deducted out
of the whole) which the said Commissioners are hereby authorized
to cause to be paid unto such Wife and children accordingly,
and in default of conformity unto their order therein, from time
to time to Sequester the profits of such Benefice for the payment
thereof, and all Charges in and about the same, during the life of
such Minister so Ejected; and the said Commissioners, or any
five or more of them, are hereby also impowered and authorized
to place some fit and able person in such School in the place and
room of him so displaced, or in the place and room of any other
School-master formerly by any Authority of Parliament Ejected,
Sequestred, or displaced; and so may continue to do during the
life of such Sequestred or Ejected School-master, as often as
the said School shall be void; which person so to be placed, shall
and is hereby enabled to have, hold and enjoy all Houses, Lands
or other Stipend belonging unto any such School, as full as the
person so displaced ought to have done.
Ministers and School-masters so nominated and placed, shall have like title as any former Incumbent or School-master.; This Ordinance may be pleaded and given in evidence.; How possession may be obtained in case of Resistance.
And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
all Ministers or School-masters nominated, presented, placed or
setled by vertue of, or according to the true meaning of this present Ordinance, shall have the like Title to, and Interest in all
the profits, dues and perquisits, belonging and appertaining to
the said Parsonage, Vicarage, Ecclesiastical promotion or School
and shall and may enjoy, have and make use of the same remedy
in Law or Equity for recovery thereof in case of substraction, dispossession, trespass, or any other injury, as any former Incumbent,
Lecturer or School-master, presented, elected, inducted, or setled
in such Church, place or School had or enjoyed, or might have
had, enjoyed, received or used. And all Judges and Justices of
Peace are to take notice of this present Ordinance, and to allow
the same to be pleaded and given in evidence, and shall award
and give Judgements and Executions for such Ministers, Lecturers
and School-masters, placed and setled by vertue of this Ordinance,
as their case in Law requires. And if any such Minister, Lecturer
or School-master nominated or recommended in the room of such
ejected Minister, Lecturer, or School-master, and approved as
aforesaid, cannot quietly obtain the possession of such Church
Chappel or School, or the dwelling Houses thereunto belonging
but shall finde resistance therein, or shall at any time be opposed
or disturbed in the exercise of their Ministery or Calling in the
said Churches, Chappels or Schools by the said ejected Ministers
or School-masters, or by their means or procurement, or by any
other person whatsoever, That in such Cases the said Commissioners respectively authorized by this present Ordinance, or any five
or more of them, shall and may upon complaint to them made,
make such Orders under their hands and seals to the High
Sheriff, or any one or more Justice or Justices of Peace of the said
County, as they shall think meet, who are hereby authorized and
required to execute the same for setling the said Ministers,
Lecturer, School-masters, so nominated, appointed, and approved
as aforesaid, in possession of the said Churches, Chappels and
Schools to which they were recommended, and for removing of
all force, and preventing all disturbance and opposition, and for
the binding over the Ryoters, breakers of the Peace and disturbers thereof, to the next Assizes or Quarter Sessions of the
said County, or for committing them to prison, as the case shall
require. And all Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace, Constables,
Church-wardens, and other Officers and Ministers of Justice
whatsoever, are hereby required to be aiding and assisting to the
said Commissioners within their several limits, precincts and
Jurisdictions in all things touching the premises.
Ministers not approved, to be certified.
And it is further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
the said several and respective Commissioners, in this present
Ordinance authorized, shall and may take a view of all the Benefices with Cure, publique Lectures and Schools within their several
and respective Counties, and of the Ministers and School-masters
therein placed, and where they finde any Ministers unapproved
by the Commisioners authorized to approve of publique Preachers,
who ought to have been approved them, to certifie their names to
the last mentioned Commissioners: And where they finde that
any Minister, or School-master that hath been formerly, or shall
be Sequestred or Ejected, hath without authority intruded or
shall intrude into the same Churches, Schools, or places from
whence they were so Sequestred and Ejected, that then the said
Commissioners cause such Ejected or Sequestred Incumbent,
Minister, or School-master, to be forthwith removed as aforsaid,
and that in that, and all other cases of Vacancy, either of any
Benefice with Cure, Lecture or School within the said County,
they do forthwith authorize some of the most honest and sufficient
persons, in such parish where the said vacant Church or School
is scituated, to receive and gather the profits, perquisits and dues
belonging unto such Church or School; and that they manage,
order and preserve the same for the best advantage and benefit of
such School-master, and Minister, as shall by vertue of this Ordinance, or by any other lawful Authority be afterwards setled and
placed in the said Church or School, saving that all necessary
charges incident to the Ejecting, Sequestring or removing of the
former Minister and School-master, and placing of another there,
according to the meaning of this Ordinance, and the supplying
of the said Churches and Schools during the vacancy with fit
persons to teach and instruct both the people and Scholars, and
repair of the buildings belonging to the said Schools, Parsonages,
Vicarages or Curatships may be deducted out of the profits, and
the residue justly and duly accompted for by such persons so
authorized; unto which last mentioned purpose it shall and may
be lawful for the said Commissioners to appoint and pay a
Register or Clerk to be made use of in the premises, and other
Officers, and to allow such Salaries, and defray such incident
Charges as they shall finde requisite; the same Salaries and
Charges being allowed and approved by the Trustees for
maintenance of Preaching Ministers and other pious uses,
and shall issue out of the moneys which shall be so
raised in Vacancies as aforesaid; and to call to accompt,
not onely all persons so by them authorised to gather
and preserve the said Profits, Dues and Perquisits but also all
other persons that have received and taken any Profits, Dues
and Perquisits belonging unto any Church or Chappel, out of
which any Minister hath heretofore been Ejected or Sequestred
during the vacancy thereof; and in case of refusal to Accompt,
or to deliver the Surplusages after the allowances and deductions
made, which by this Ordinance are appointed, then to cause such
persons to be committed until they accompt, and duly render and
deliver such surplusage according to the true meaning of this
And further it is Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That all
such Ministers and School-masters as have been or shall be
placed by any Authority of Parliament, or of this present
Ordinance, shall constantly, and from time to time keep all the
Houses and Buildings belonging unto the Parsonages, Vicarages,
Curatships, Lecturers and Schools wherein they have been or
shall be placed as aforesaid, and the Chancels and Church-yard,
usually and of right by their Predecessors repaired in such good
and sufficient repair, as the same buildings were at the time of
their being setled and placed therein; and for default thereof,
upon Complaint made thereof by the Church-wardens, or any
other Inhabitant of such Parish where such neglect of reparations
shall happen, unto the Justices of the Peace at their General
Quarter Sessions, or to any three of them out of the Sessions, the
said Justices of the Peace are hereby impowered to send for such
Minister or School-master before them, and to examine all such
defects of repair upon Oath, and after proof made thereof, and of
the Charge that the making such reparations must necessarily
require, to set down such Order for making the said reparations
as the said Justices shall adjudge to be reasonable and just; And
if such order, as shall be so declared and made, after notice thereof
given to such Minister or School-master, be not by them observed
and performed, that then it shall and may be lawful to the said
Justices of Peace, by warrant to be issued under their hands and
seals, to cause to be levyed so much as by the said Justices of Peach
shall be Ordered and adjudged as a requisite and necessary sum
of money to defray the charges of such reparations, by distress
and sale of the Goods aud Chattels of such Minister or Schoolmaster, who ought to have made the same reparations as aforesaid
rendring the overplus back to the owner thereof.
No person shall keep a School or be a School-master in any place where he hath been Ejected.; Forfeiture for retaining or maintaining any such School-master.
And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That no
person after the nine and twentieth day of September, One thousand six hundred fifty and four, shall keep any School, or be a
Schoolmaster within any County of England or Wales in such Town,
Parish or Place where such School is situate, out of which he
hath been, or shall be Sequestred or Ejected, upon pain that as
well the School-master, as also the party that shall retain or
maintain any such School-master, contrary to the true intent
and meaning of this Ordinance, and being thereof convicted
before the Justices of Peace at their General Quarter Sessions
of the said County, shall forfeit each of them for every day so
wittingly offending, ten shillings to the use of the poor of the
Parish where such offence is committed.
The execution of this Ordinance shall not be delayed.
And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
the several and respective Commissioners by this Ordinance
authorized, shall not defer the putting in execution the powers
to them intrusted by this present Ordinance, and their meeting
for that purpose longer then twenty days after the publication of
this present Ordinance, but shall with all diligence and care
forthwith endeavor the discharge of their said Trust, and from
time to time appoint some one convenient place in their said respective Counties for their meetings as aforesaid, as may be most
convenient for resort of such persons as shall be called before
The Commisioners shall take order for payment of Arrears due to any Minister who hath supplied the place of one Ejected, as any Justice Peace may do.
And be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, That
the said several and respective Commissioners, upon complaint
made unto them by any Minister that hath been formerly placed
by the late Committee for plundred Ministers, or any other
Authority of Parliament, in any Church or Chappel in the room
of any Sequestred or Ejected Incumbent, and now removed from
thence, or dispossessed thereof by reason of the death of such Sequestred or Ejected Incumbent; or who hath been presented by any
Patron since the first of April, One thousand six hundred fifty
and three, and hath not or shall not obtain a Testimonial from
the Commissioners for approbation of publique Preachers, as by
the Ordinance appointing Commissioners for approbation of publique Preachers is directed, that there is due unto such Minister any
Arrears of Tythes, or other duties whatsoever belonging to the said
Churches or Chappels which have incurred while such Minister did
exercise his Ministery in such Church or Chappel, That in all such
Cases the said Commissioners, or any five or more of them, shall and
may without requiring any such Testimonial to be produced
by such Minister, summon to come before them all and every
such person and persons as do or shall refuse to pay such Arrears,
and proceed to hear and determine the said Complaints, and
give such remedy for obtaining such Arrears, as any the Justices of
Peace may do for recovery of Tythes substracted or withheld
from the Incumbent by virtue of an Ordinance of Parliament,
Entituled, An Ordinance for the true payment of Tythes, and other
such duties according to the Law and Customs of the Realm; or as any
such Justices of Peace might have done by vertue of another Ordinance of the Ninth of August, One thousand six hundred forty and
seven, and Entituled, An Additional Ordinance for the true payment
of Tythes and other Duties.
The Ordinance of the Ninth of August 1647 for the true payment of Tythes, revived.
And be it further Ordained by the authority aforesaid, That
the said last mentioned Ordinance of the Ninth of August, One
thousand six hundred forty and seven, shall be, and is hereby
revived, and shall be and stand in full power, force and vertue.
This shall not enable any Delinquent, or his Heirs or Assigns, to present or nominate.
Provided, That this Ordinance or any thing therein contained,
shall not extend to enable any person or persons heretofore declared a Delinquent by authority of Parliament, his or
their Heirs or Assigns, to present or nominate to any Benefice or
Ecclesiastical promotion, otherwise then he or they might have
done before the passing of this Ordinance.