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From: "Christopher Pipe" <>
Subject: Re: Rectory Question
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 15:39:27 -0000
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The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition) defines a discharged living as
'a benefice that is exempt from the payment of First-fruits, its value
having been returned in the "Liber Regis" of K. Henry VIII as less than
£10.' The supporting quotation dates from 1786 and comes from the Preface to
J. Bacon's edition of the Liber Regis: 'An Account of all the Ecclesiastical
Benefices in England and Wales, which are now charged wioth the Payment of
First Fruits and Tenths, or were lately discharged from any Payment to those
Revenues, on account of the Smallness of their Income.'

The same dictionary defines First-fruits as 'a payment, usually representing
the amount of the first year's income, formerly paid by each new holder of a
feudal or ecclesiastical benefice, or any office of profit, to some
superior. The first-fruits of the English bishoprics and other benefices
were paid before the Reformation to the Pope, afterwards to the Crown.'

Hope this helps. Good old OED!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Juanita Hadwin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 9:11 AM
Subject: Rectory Question

> Hello List,
> Could anyone describe what a "discharged" rectory might be? This term is
> used to describe the living at Swanton Novers in 1892. The rectory had
> consolidated with Wood Norton since 1738, then at some point in the 1800s
> was annexed to Melton Constable. Any help would be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance.
> Juanita

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