RECTORS OF STOKE GOLDINGTON
Nottingham was presented in 1233 by Peter de Goldington Giffard
de Tyringham resigned in 1319; and was succeeded by Thomas de Tyringham,
who was presented by John de Nodariis or Nowers, 11 January 1319. On his
Ballard was presented in 1375 by the prior and convent of
Ravenstone, which had, in 1344, obtained the advowson. However, the
following year, on the death of the rector.
John Wendore was presented by the prior and convent; but his appointment was resisted by the lay patron, Sir John Nowers, which was subsequently set aside by the bishop; when Passlewe was presented 20 December 1376, by Sir John Nowers, who had thus recovered his right of presentation. His successor was
Aubyn, presented 21 October 1381, by Sir John Nowers. He
exchanged for Walton, juxta Fenny Stratford, of which he had been before
Lazy was admitted 20 december 1386, on the presentation of the
convent of Ravenstone. He resigned in 1388; and was succeeded
Amery, was presented 22 April 1388, by Sir John Aylesbury Lord
of Milton Keynes, Henry Bydall, rector of Haversham, and John son of
Richard Doe,of Olney, who were patrons by feoffment of Sir John Nowers.
His successor was
Handye; admitted on the same presentation; on whose resignation, in
1447, he was succeeded by
Cassell, or Castell, who was presented by John Mortimer Of Grendon, on
the title of the convent of Ravenstone, but resigned in
Radcliff succeeded 29 July 1462, on the presentation of Robert
Nevill, lord of Gayhurst. On his accession
Logerden succeeded 23 May 1472, on the same presentation, He died;
Wistborne was presented in 1504, by the convent of Ravenstone.
Thomas Sparke occurs rector in 1505; but resigned the following year
Richard Haverden, LL.B., was presented 25 January 1506, by Michael Nevill, lord of Stoke Goldington and Gayhurst. He died ih 1518; being also rector of Sherington; and was succeeded by
Richard Birdsall, presented 27 October 1518, by the same patron. John Aras was styled minister in 1534. He is supposed to have been curate to Birdsall; for it was returned, in 1541, that Richard Birdsall resided in Northampton. He died in 1548
Waren was collated by the bishop, on a lapse, ' January 1549.
His successor was
Doleman, instituted in 1557
Yeomans succeeded 8 August 1560, on the death of the last
incumbent, not named on the presentation of Francis Nevill. He obtained
license 22 February 1570, to marry Joan Pigot. He died in 1613; and was
Valentine Lane, D.D. presented 22 April 1613, by Richard Lane, of Great Linford, yeoman, by virtue of the advowson being granted to him for his turn. He died, and was buried 22 March 1624, at Dodford, in Northamptonshire, where he was also vicar.
Anthony Morgan, S.T.P., was presented 26 April 1625, by the crown's title; but it seems to have been set aside for
Holmes was presented the same year, by Sir Kenelm Digby. William
Beesley succeeded in 1628. He was turned out of all his benefices
in 1643; among which, was the mastership of St. John's College,
Hillersden, B.D., instituted in 1644. He had been during
years, rector of Castle Ashby; and held this living until his death, in
1654. He was twice married; and by his second wife Mary, who was only
daughter of William Johnson, of Olney, left a son, Edward Hillersden. He
was also archdeacoh of Buckingham. On his cession.
Butts was instituted 27 November 1684. He died in 1701; and was
Remmington, M.A., instituted 5 May 1702, on the presentation of
Sir John Conway, Bart., and Richard Mostyn. He died in 1736; being
M.A., instituted in 1736-7 on the presentation of George
Wrighte. He was also rector of Gayhurst; and dying, was succeeded
Deane, 10 August 1750, on the presentation of the consolidated
rectories of Gayhurst and Stoke Goldington, of George Wrighte. At his
decease, he was succeeded by
Forester, D.D., presented 16 November 1759, by the same patron.
He was archdeacon of Buckingham, and chaplain to the King. He was
Dowbiggen, M.A., presented 16 April 1766. He was sub-dean of
Lincoln. He died in 1794, and was buried here.
Thomas Scott, the commentator, was ordinated curate of this parish together with Weston Underwood in 1772. He was born 4 February 1746-7, answering, sincethe change of style to 16 February 1747, at a small farmhouse at Braytoft, in Lincolnshire; about six miles from Skegness, His father was a grazier, whose circumstances were very narrow and who for many years struggled with urgent difficulties. He ultimately rose above them and lived in more comfortable circumstances. Thorns, the subject of this comment was the tenth of thirteen children.
taught to read fluently by his mother, he was sent to school at Burgh, two
miles off, as a day scholar, where he learned the first elements of latin.
At the age of eight he was sent to Bennington, a village four miles north
of Boston, where his father had a grazing farm, that he might attend a
school there, kept by a clergyman. Here he remained two years, till the
age of ten, when he was sent to Scorton, one hundred and fifty miles from
Braytoft, for five years, where his deceased brother had been educated.
His conduct, at this period was as immoral as want of money, pride, and
fear of temporal consequences and a natural bashfulness, would allow it to
There was no fear of God before his eyes; no restraint from the from the thought of any relations watching over and approving his conduct; no want of most vile examples and prompters; and little fear of detection by the master. In one instance, however, this latter confidence failed him, and he was put to shame before the whole school for robbing an orchard.
On his return from Scorton in June, 1762, he spent his time in visiting his friends and relations up to September of that year, when he was apprenticed to a surgeon at Alford, about eight miles from Braycroft, in whose employ he so misconducted himself that his indentures were cancelled and he was sent home, where he had to do the most laborious and dirty work on the farm. In this occupation he had the society of people of the lowest station of life and with their low-lived riots he was often connected causing a further breach in his relations towards his father. He put up with this drudgery until April, 1772, when in some dispute at home, he hastily threw aside his shepherd's frock and departed, vowing never again to resume such employment.
Wending his way
to where his brother lived he called on the clergyman of the parish and
expressed a wish to study for the ministry. This surprised the minister
who had only known him as a shepherd, but on finding that he was well
acquainted with Greek and Latin, promised him assistance, which led to his
becoming ordained by the bishop of Lincoln on 20 September 1772,
and gaining the curacy of Stoke Goldington and Weston Underwood, at an
annual income of fifty pounds ,with some trifling
christening party here, he became acquainted with a Miss Jane Kell, whom
he married, 5 December 1774. Within a few months after his marriage, he
was led unexpectedly by the Reverend Mr Chaplin, vicar of Ravenstone, to
change his curacy for that place to which he went in 1775, and held the
same for two years. In the spring of 1777, he removed to "The Lodge",
Weston Underwood. And from here, dated 26 February 1779, we have the
publication of his "Force of Truth".
On the removal
of John Newton to London, he proposed to Scott the idea of accepting the
curacy of Olney, which was not entertained at the time by the
events, which occurred between the time of the proposed removal to Olney
being abandoned, and that of its being subsequently carried into effect,
show Scott more as a physician than as a a divine.
Just before Newton left Olney, the small-pox made its appearance, and in a considerable measure through the intractable behaviour of the inhabitants, great mortality prevailed. Through negligence the disease was communicated to Ravenstone, and a poor woman discharging her duties as mid-wife became infected. After a short but painful illness, she died without any eruption appearing, and being assured by the apothecary, who attended, that it was not a case of smallpox. Scott preached a sermon to a large congregation, the corpse being in the church, during the service. Soon after, every person who had attended her, in her illness and who had not had smallpox, was taken ill with symptoms of that disease. Under these circumstances Scott not being satisfied with the local apothecaries, called in Dr Kerr, a surgeon in the army, and under him, he says, "I was physician, apothecary, and almost a nurse, I inoculated none, but some inoculated their neighbours, and I subsequently directed their proceedings."
"Soon after these events a circumstance took place at Stoke, with which I was in some measure concerned ( though not then connected with the parish), and which appears to me to suggest an important caution. A baker allowed a poor man, his customer, with a large family, to run into his dept to the amount of ten pounds, and then arrested him for the money, foolishly supposing that the overseers would pay it, rather than suffer the man to be thrown into prison. They, of course, disappointed his expectation: the debtor was sent to Aylesbury gaol; where the gaol fever then prevailed. He took that dire disease. His wife went to see and nurse him; he died; she returned home, sickened and died; the malady spreading in the village, sparing the children, but proving fatal to the parents.
neighbouring apothecaries in vain attempted to stop its progress. I also
ventured into the recesses of misery and infection, and in a few instances
tried my medical skill, as well as gave spiritual counsel. But I soon
found that the case baffled all my efforts. I believe forty children had
been bereft of one parent, and nearly twenty of both. I knew the overseer:
I went to him, and remonstrated with him, on the grounds not only of mercy
and humanity, but of policy; and succeeded in convincing him, that no
medical expense which could be incurred was likely to burden the parish a
tenth part so much, as this fatal progress of the disease was doing. I
prevailed with him therefore to send immediately for 'Jr Kerr, who came
and spent nearly a whole day in the service; and he laid down such rules
for the management of the patients, that not one afterwards died, the
disease was speedily extirpated."
At the time of his removal to Olney in 1711, it was a much divided place; the people were full of religious notions and it was therefore not a very unwilling scene for his ministerial services. After four years at Olney he was appointed as chaplain of Lock Hospital, at an annual salary of eighty pounds, during which time he resided for twelve months at number 16, Hamilton Street, Piccadilly, since transformed into Hamilton Place; and then at number 2, Chapel Street, Upper Grosvenor Place.
It was during the time he occupied this position that it was proposed to him to write the "Commentary". His embarrassments and losses upon its publication caused him considerable anxiety, and although during his lifetime one hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred pounds, had been expended on the purchase of the English and American editions, the author had received nothing as a reward for all his labour,
On July 22,
1801, he was instituted at Buckden to the living at Aston, where he
erected a parsonage house, there hot being a suitable one, to which he
removed in the spring of 1803. At Aston he became the successful tutor to
several who were preparing under the Church Missionary Society to go out
as missionaries. This service he continued about the space of seven years,
1807-14. Those who came under his instructioh in this capacity were
several of them Englishmen, who received ordination; but the majority,
Germans, in general Lutheran clergymen. The sentiments of grateful and
affectionate veneration which they without exception, conceived for their
instructor were publicly testified by them, as they took leave of the
society to repair to the stations assigned to them. The progress which
they made in their studies was highly creditable, in some instances
remarkable. The commencement of the year 1818 introduces us to what was
the principle employment of his remaining day, the preparation of a new
edition of the Bible. After eighteen years of hard and prosperous
ministerial work at Aston, he died on Monday the 16 April
Rye, M.A. presented to the rectory of Gayhurst, with Stoke Goldington
annexed, 12 January 1795.
Bailey instituted 27 December 1819, on the presentation of Anne
Barbara Wrighte, of Witheby Cottage, Sidmouth, in Devon. he was also vicar
of Dallington, in Northamptonshire, but resigned both livings in
Fiennes Samuel Trotman, 9 January 1823, on the same presentation. Herbert Mortimer Luckock, the present dean of Litchfield was presented in 1863. He immediately appointed the Rev. C. Jerdein of Trinity College, Dublin, his curate. He resigned, and his curate,
Herbert M Luckock (1863)
Jerdein, M.A was instituted in 1865, and became the first
resident vicar for upwards of a century.
Maurice W Murray MA (1909)
Frederick W Walker MA (1914)
C Staffford Jones MA (1920)
Charles L Wanstall MA (1931)
Edmund N W Leachman MA (1931)
Jocelyn L Woods (1944)
Geoffrey W Lovejoy MA (1965)
A Kerrigan Pring AKC Licenceese as Priest Messenger (1972)
A Kerrigan Pring AKC (1975)
Stephen J A Weston Priest in Charge (1987)
Stephen J A Weston (1991)
Alex Murdoch (1995)