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From: David Long <>
Subject: Re: [LAN] dissenting Minister
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 21:20:15 +0100
In message <>, Paul
Dixon <> writes
>Interesting! I missed the original question but caught the reply.
>I have noted in the parish records for St Oswald, Warton Nr Lancaster, a single
>entry among the baptism as follows:-
>Robert son of Jonathon & Elisabeth PEEL, born 13 Nov 1749 baptised 25 Nov 1749
>by a dissenting Minister
>This record occurred when the record bore no reference to the identity of the
>officiating minister. I now have the answer as to what a dissenting Minister
>However, that raises the further question, that since it occurs on only one
>entry, it would seem unusual, that is not current incumbent. Under what
>circumstances might a minister dissenting to the practices of that branch of
>the church by invited or even permitted to perform such a ceremony.
Since the name of the Minister is not recorded it may be that the
Baptism did not take place in the church, but elsewhere, perhaps in an
emergency, but was recorded later in the Parish Church Register.
Had the minister's name been recorded, I would have guessed that the
Vicar sympathised, as many did, with the reforming zeal of the
Methodists, for instance, and so allowed his font to be used for the
Baptism - but it would then perhaps have happened on other occasions
(unless he was told off by his Bishop!).
>HODGSON - Blackburn, Ulverston, Warton (nr Lancaster)
>HAYHURST - Blackburn, Preston, Warton (nr Lancaster)
>COLLINSON - Preston, Warton (nr Lancaster)
Found in a local remaindered book shop - an account of the American
presence at RAF Warton in WW2. The biggest US base in the country, it
claims, if I remember correctly.
Sankey Canal Restoration Society
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