Swanbourne Anglican Clergy
The order of the succession of Vicars of St Swithun’s Chuch, Swanbourne
Based on information compiled by Ken Harris and additional research by Clive Rodgers
List of Vicars starting with the oldest recorded first
|Name||Date of institution||Notes|
|Robertus Passelew||1218||(See note 1)|
|William Presbyter||5 Mar 1264||Died here|
|Ralph de Wenge||18 Feb 1275|
|William de Ramsey||1343||Died here|
|Adam de Queldrich||10 July 1343||Resigned|
|Adam de Akele Magna||12 Nov 1361|
|John Adam||11 Nov 1375|
|Walter Dobbes||23 Dec 1388|
|Nicholas Shirret||1421||Resigned 1421|
|Robert Newell||10 July 1451|
|Nicholas Powting||1452||Resigned 1452|
|William Sheppard||1 July 1452||Resigned|
|John Chamberlayn||27 Sept 1471||Resigned|
|Richard Randal||2 Oct 1490||Resigned|
|John Andrew||16 Dec 1493||Died|
|Henry Barnes||8 May 1504|
|John Blott||22 July 1511||Died|
|Edward Cooper (Cowper)||10 May 1535||Deprived|
|Henry Scot||1553 or 1554||Presented by Queen Mary. Register begins|
|Sir Geoffrey Lownes||1565 Buried 17 Sept 1580||Presented by Queen Elizabeth; resigned (note 2)|
|Sir Thomas Lownes||5 Mar 1578 buried 19 July 1624||By Queen Elizabeth I on petition by Lord Graye. Presented 16 Feb 21 Eliz. Buried here (note 3)|
|Robert Lowndes||1624buried 11 Sep 1651||Son of above. Buried here|
|George Burches||1651Died 17 May 1658||Died and buried here. ‘comes in ye wicked times’|
|Peter Burches||17June 1658|
|Thomas Hancocks||30 Jan 1660Buried 8 Apr 1679||Presented 29th Dec by the King (Charles II)|
|John Pilkington||12 April 1679Died 28 Apr 1687||Died|
|John Pilkington||3 June 1687Buried 21 Jun 1715||Son of above|
|Samuel Foster||29 July 1715Buried 27 Sep 1740||Vicar of Lt Horwood. Died 1740 Buried here|
|John Ramsey||31 Oct 1740||Also vicar of Langley, Herts (1747?)|
|Charles William Tonyn||21/05/1760 – 13/2/1767||Swapped job with Morgan Morgan from Radnage, Bucks (ref Radnage Church records)|
|Morgan Morgan||14/2/1767 – 07/03/1792||Swapped job with Charles Tonyn (ref. Radnage Church Records)|
|Thomas Brookes||1784||There is no record of him having been vicar of Swanbourne. However, his wife was buried here. (Parish Record page 108)|
|William Wodley||1792 – 1808||Presented 10 March 1792 by King George III, and moved to Soulbury 24/10/1808 (website)|
|John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier curate||4/6/1809|
|Cookson Haddock curate||1812 – 1833?||Died Swanbourne 1835 (buried 9th Jan 1835 aged 67 – SPR)|
|Thomas Woodward Gardner stipenduary curate||1833 –|
|Charles Lucas Reay||9 Feb 1838|
|George John Collinson||26 May 1843|
|James Niven||17 Jan 1853|
|Myers Dallas Malden||18 Feb 1868|
|William Miles Myers||19 July 1879|
|Francis Reynor Brooksbank Pinhorn||6 June 1901|
|James Ralph Caldecott Forrest||21 May 1904|
|James Mathers||1958||Last person to be Vicar of Swanbourne only|
|Heber Wood||1968||Also vicar of Lt Horwood?|
|Peter van de Kasteele||1970||Also Rector of Mursley, vicar of Lt Horwood|
|Stuart Wilmott||1981||As above|
|John Kinchen Smith||1992||As above|
|Laurence Meering||2007||As above plus Drayton Parslow & Newton Longeville|
Note 1: Presentatus per Priorem et conventum de Woborne ad ecclesiam de Swanborne, post inquisitionem Super eadem ecclesia per Archodiaconum Buckinghamiensem factam, per quam negotium fuit in expedito, per dispensationem domini Legati admissus est institutus in eadum. He died here. The Legate was Pandulph.
(see The Parish Register of Swanbourne page 152)
Note 2: There is the following note in the Episcopal Records at Lincoln with regard to his Resignation.
Public instrument recording the resignation by Geoffrey Lounds of his Vicarage of Swanbourne in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham read before Owen Westall LLB of the Diocese of Oxford public notary and appointment of John Dighton MA as his proctor to exhibit the Said resignation before the Bishop.
Done in the office of the Said Owen, deputy of the registrar of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham within the rectory house of Ovinge in the said Archdeaconry.
(See The Parish Register of Swanbourne page 152/3)
Note 3: He was instituted by Bishop Cooper of Lincoln on the Ninth year of his consecration at Bugden or Buckden, Co Herts by Mandate to the Archdeacon of Buckingham, and evidently he was a Priest of scanty education as there is the following Institution Bond still extant at Lincoln with regard to him.
These Institution Bonds were not uncommon in the case of unlearned clergy at that time.
Bond of Thomas Lowndes, Vicar of Swanbourne Co Buckingham, to the Bishop of Lincoln, for £100, the condition being that the Said Thomas Shall within one twelvemonth Nexte cominge after the date hereof diligentlie reade and studie all the Sermons conteyned in Bullinger his decades, from the ende of the thirde Sermone of the first decade to the beginning of the fifte Sermone of the thirde decade, from the ende of the fifte Sermone of the fifte decade, even to the full ende of the same saide fifte decade, in Suche Maner and Sorte, that Not only he shall then have breeffely Noted and written oute in Some paper booke, all the principall Matters in the Saide Sermons declared with theire prooffes, in order as they are there expressed, but also shall So have instructed himself thereby, that beinge asked of those Said Matters, he shall then be able withoute the booke, redelie to answer of them and in them, justlie, fullie and trulie.
And also that either he – at the ende eche half yeare of this saide twelve moneth – Shall and doe come and offer himself to the abovenamed – Busshop of Lincoln or his Successors, to be examined for the performance of these premisses according to their true meaninge and intent.
Or els finally that he the Saide Thomas Not So offering himself for his triall herein and Not beinge found by the Saide Reuerende Father or his Successors at eche suche time of triall, to have don and fulfilled altogether as it before condioned hearein, answerable to the time that Shall be past at eche Such Examinacion Shall then geve and resigne up unto the Saide Reuerend Father or to his Successors that his Saide Vicarage whereunto with Thease condicions he was and is admitted and instituted upon the daie of the date heareof etc. Dated 5 March 21 Eliz: A D 1578-9.
(see The Parish Register of Swanbourne page 153)
The Clergy Database Website resource
The Clergy database contains summary information, but note that the date of resignation is often quoted, rather than the date of leaving. For example, the date of resignation of Rev. Tonyn is 15th December, 1766, but he must have worked two months notice, as he did not leave Swanbourne until 13th February, 1767, having job swapped with Morgan Morgan of Radnage (source: Radnage Church Records), the latter taking up his post in Swanbourne on 14th February, 1767.