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Priory Clergy - Past & Present

College Coat of Arms

Priors

The evidence for the names of the Priors comes from records of appointments and occurrence of the prior's name in the charters of the priory. "Occurs" signifies when the name occurs in a document, rather than a definite date of appointment.

Cormac "Gillebecoc"

Occurs 1120 & 1135

Robert

No Clear Date

Richard

Occurs 1179

William

Occurs 1154 & 58 or 1164 & 87

Waleran

Occurs 1197

(Doubtful)

Robert

Occurs 1202

John

Occurs 1207

Daniel

Occurs 1211

Ralph

Occurs 1220

Robert

1216

(Possible)

Guy

1235 to 1245

John of Lastingham

1245 to 1254 or 56

William of Rothwell

1254 or 58 to 1282

Nicholas of Langton

1254 or 56 to 1282

Absalon

Occurs 1286 or 87

(Doubtful)

William of Derby

1286 or 88 to 1296

Hugh of Compton

1298 - 1304

Alan of Ness

1304 - 1308

Stephen of Gilling

1308 - 1316

Stephen of Austwick

1316 - 1323

Thomas of Sutton

1323/4 - 1324

John

Occurs 1330

William of Sainsbury

Occurs 1360

Thomas of Brignal

Occurs 1370, 71

Thomas of Cottingham

Occurs 1379

Nicholas of Warthil

Occurs 1387

Roger Kirkby

1417 - 1437

Roger Stanley

Occurs 1465

John Ward

Occurs 1473,1474

Roger Armyn

Occurs 1485

Edmund Thornton

Occurs 1497, ceased 1498 or 1507, also Occurs 1498

Edmund Whalley

1517 - 1521

Robert Allanby

Occurs 1523

John Mathew

Occurs 1523

John Poule

Occurs 1535

Robert Paddy

1537 to 1538

In office at dissolution.

The priory was dissolved by order of Henry VIII on 16th October 1539. The monks and prior were pensioned off, and the nave only was retained in use as a parish church. The priory becomes the parish church of St. Bees.


Vicars of St Bees since the Reformation

Anthony Nicholson

1538 - 1544

James Grindall

1544 - 1574

Nicholas Lund

Occurs 1580

Incumbent to 1588?

Thomas Brownrigg

Occurs 1588

William Hardness

Occurs 1620

William Coates

1620 - 1636

Percival Radcliffe

Occurs 1647

William Lickbarrow

Occurs 1651

Peter Smith

Occurs 1656

Thomas Bolton

Occurs 1674

Richard Stainton

167? - 1705

Richard Jackson

1705 - 1738

Also Headmaster, St. Bees School

William Scott

1738 - 1776

Robert Scott

1776 - ?

William Scott's son

William Harrison

Occurs 1785 and 1816

Joseph Southward

Occurs 1789

William Ainger

1817 - 1840

Also Principal of St Bees Theological College

Robert Buddicom

1840 - 1846

Also Principal of St.Bees Theological College

Richard Parkinson

1847 - 1857

Also Principal of St.Bees Theological College

William Henry Ainger

1857 - 1871

Also Principal of St.Bees Theological College

Edward Knowles

1871 - 1896

Also Principal of St.Bees Theological College

James Alexander

1896 - 1900

Richard Snape

1900 - 1911

Alfred Ainley

1911 - 1941

Everard Sampson

1941 - 1949

Charles Last

1949 - 1953

Victor Callow

1953 - 1957

Geoffrey Berwick

1958 - 1960

Bernhard Wilson

1960 - 1971

Trevor Park

1971- 1977

Also Chaplain to St. Bees School

Philip Bryan

1977 - 2006

Also Chaplain to St. Bees School

Sources

Registers of the Priory of St. Bees (ed Revd J Wilson, 1915, Surtees Society)

Supplemented for period 1220 - 1324 by "Chronicle of St. Mary's Abbey, York - (Ed H A E Craster) - compiled John M Todd

History of the Rural Deanery of Whitehaven, By Rev Ceasar Caine, Cited in "Story of a Cumberland Village" by Elizabeth Steele.