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Rectors of The Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Brinkworth, Wiltshire

With Names of Patrons and Dates of Institution

A Norman Church existed here before this present one.  The date when it was built is not precisely known, and there is no record of the earlier Rectors.  But the Rectory was given, by the name of BRYKELSWORTH, during the reign of Henry 1 (1100-1135) to the Cathedral Church of Old Sarum; and in the reign of Stephen (1135-1154), by the name of WRYNCHEWURTH, for use of the Master of a School there.  In the Charter of Confirmation by Henry II (1154-1189) it is called BRYGHTELESWORD.

Date Patron Rector Notes   [Some text not readable]

Abbey of Malmesbury

Gllychardus de Pardy


The King, for Abbey of Malmesbury

John de Badmington


Wm. De Bohun, Earl of Northampton

John de Batisford
on death of J.de B.


The King, for Abbey of Malmesbury

John de Bishopston


The King, for Abbey of Malmesbury

Richard de Hatheleseye

William Louedere

Probably xx between 1364-137x, during which time there is a long deficiency in the Episcipal Registers.  Rector of Rushall 1383-1392.  Rector of Mildenhall 1393-1404.


Abbey of Malmesbury

Richard Benet
by exchange with W.L.

Rector of Rushall 1373-1383


Abbey of Malmesbury

William Odecombe
by exchange with R.B.

Vicar of Wodesden, Lincoln Diocese 1355.


Abbey of Malmesbury

John de Malton
by exchange with W.O.

Rector of Cricklade St. Sampson 1403-


Abbey of Malmesbury

Walter Lambard
by exchange with J. de M.

Rector of Cricklade St. Sampson 1402-1403.  It was probably about this time that the existing Normal Tower of the Church, and the Chancel (since replaced) were rebuilt.


Abbey of Malmesbury

John Duffield
instead of W.L.


Abbey of Malmesbury

Alexander Sparwe
instead of J.D.


Abbey of Malmesbury

Walter Tilleby
instead of A.S.


Abbey of Malmesbury

Walter Bagge
instead of W.T.


Cecilia, Mother of King Edward IV

John London
on death of W.B.

Richard Machon

Vicar of Minety 1471-1475.  Rector of Crudwell 1478.


Abbey of Malmesbury

John Lychefield
on death of R.M.


Abbey of Malmesbury

Thomas Hedd
on death of J.L.


John and Thomas Huntbache

Humfry Brockhurst
on death of T.H.

Still Rector in 1535 at the time of the Valor Ecclesiastians.


The Exempted Abbey of Meldun

John Walleis

This Institution was apparently invalid, the presentation having been granted to J.S.T. Huntbache.

William Buckley


Isabella, Widow of Sir John Ayliffe, dec.

John Somerfield
on death of W.B.


Richard Tanner by leave of John Ayliffe, gent

John White
on death of J.S.

Edward Hutchins

Instituted between xx xx, during which times there were deficies in the Episcipal Registry, both of Sarum xx-xx, and also Rector of Nettleton at the time of his death.  [More text but mostly not readable.]


Rowland Wilson of Longon, merchant, and Nicholas Crispe for this turn

Tobias Crispe
on death of E.H.

A xx Puritan preacher.  B.A. Christs College Cambridge xx.  M.A. Xx College Oxford 1627.  Died in London 27th February 1643 [or 1645].  Buried ----.  The Holy Table, the Silver xx and Flagon and the Pulpit were presented to the Church while he was Rector.


William Dowdeswell
on resignation of T.C.

Pembroke College Oxford.  xx 1642.  Canon of Worcester 1660-1678.  Buried at Brinkworth May 1671.


[During the Commonwealth]

John Harding
A.A. Intr- Rector (1646-1669?)

Magdelen College, Oxford.  ("A most vibrant Presbytarian.")  N.A. 1823.  Fellow and D.D. 1648.  [Rest of text not readable.]


William Dowdeswell

Again obtains possession, and seems to have xx the Living until his death in 167x.  (See Parish Register.)

Andrew Harris

This Institution does not appear in the Episcipal Registers, and he can only have been Rector a a few months.  Probably Andrew Harris H.A. Christ Church College, Oxford 1635.  Vicar of xx.


George Ayliffe, Armiger

Francis Henry Cary
on cessation of A.H.

M.A. Christ Church, Oxford 1669.  Rector of Stow-nine Church, Northants xx.


George Ayliffe, Armiger

Richard Copson
on death of F.H.C

Pembroke College, Oxford.  M.A. 1709.  In 1729 the Silver Salver was given to the Church.


Judith Ayliffe, Spinster

William Thornton
on death of R.C.

Perhaps of Hart Hall, Oxford.  M.A. 1708.


Rt. Hon. Henry Fox

Simon Crook
on death of W.T.

Queens College, Oxford.  M.A. 1712.  Rector of Foxley 1727-33 and of Bremhilham 1729-1760.


Rt. Hon. Henry Fox

James Sparrow
on death of S.C.

University College, Oxford.  A.A. 1726.  Rector of St. Swithins, Wa-- for 40 years.  Memorial Tablet there.  Rector of Broughton Gifford 1745-1765.  Preb of Sarum 1767-1770.


Lord Holland

Benjamin Blaney
on death of J.S.

Canon of Christ Church & D.D. 1757.  Regius Professor of Hebrew 1787-1807.  Rector of Poulshot 1735-xx.


Henry Richard, Lord Holland

John Penton
on resignation of B.B.

M.A. Cambridge.  Died 12th October 1802.  Buried in Abbey Church, Bath.  Memorial Tablet there.


Henry Richard, Vassel, Lord Holland

Matthew Marsh
on death of J.P.

Christ Church College, Oxford.  B.D. 1801.  Chancellor of Sarum 1819.  Prebendary 1823.  xx.  Xx 1825 until death.


Pembroke College, Oxford

Charles Wightwick
on death of M.M.

Pembroke College, Oxford.  B.D. 1822.  Fellow 1862.  Wxx 1822.  Rector of Pitney 1819.


Pembroke College, Oxford

William de Quetteville
on death of C.W.

Pembroke College Oxford.  M.A. 1854.  Fellow 1851-62.  The Chancel was rebuilt and the East Window fitted with stained glass while he was Rector.


Pembroke College, Oxford

Robert G. Livingstone
on resignation of R.G.L.

Pembroke College, Oxford.  M.A. 1863.  Fellow 1858-94.  Dean & Hon. Canon of Bristol 1902.  The Nave was restored and a new Organ placed in the Gallery and a sixth Bell added to the Church Peal during this Incumbancy.


The Bishop of Bristol

Ronald Erskine Ramsay
on death of R.G.L.

M.A. Xx.  Xx, Bristol.  Cxx for Bishop of Malmesbury 1927.  Archdeacon of Swindon 1928.


The Bishop of Bristol

Leonard C. Cornwell
on resignation of R.E.R.

M.A. Cambridge.  B.D. London.  Archdeacon of Swindon 1947.


The Bishop of Bristol

Godfrey C. W. Wallis
on resignation of L.C.C.

M.C. 1945.  M.A. Oxon.  Rector of Brinkworth with Dauntsey.


The Bishop of Bristol

Gordon E. Boocock
on resignation of G.C.W.W.

Rector of Brinkworth with Dauntsey.


The Bishop of Bristol

Christopher L. Sutch
on death of G.E.B.

M.A. Oxon.  Rector of Brinkworth with Dauntsey.

1989 The Bishop of Bristol Derek Ormston
on resignation of C.L.S.
Diploma. Of Theology.  Rector of Brinkworth with Dauntsey, also Chaplain to New College Swindon.

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