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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 55 - 1942  page 27

The Clergy of St John the Baptist, Smallhythe by A.H. Taylor

   To Dom. William Stanton, chaplain, that he pray for me ....... xij d.
   The witnesses included Willms Stanton prst; and this was before the chantry in Tenterden Church was founded.

c. 1488-1491. SIR JOHN.1
   This name is found in wills of the period as follows: John More Vicar of Tenterden who died in 1489 made this bequest:
   "Item lego domini Johanni de Smalhith .......... vs."
while Joan, wife of Hugh Turner by will dated 12 Dec. 1490 bequeathed the same:
   "Itm, lego d'ns Johi Capns celebrant in Capella Sci Joh˝i Bapte de Smalhith ad orand p. aia mea et aiabz omn' fidel' defunct ........ iijs iiijd."
Witnessed by D'ns Joh'ne Capns Capelle de Smalhith.

c. 1499. JOHN COGRELL and WILLIAM COK.
   At a visitation2 held in Tenterden Church on Tuesday, September 24th, 1499, each of these names are recorded as chaplains, in addition to those of the Vicar and Curate.

c. 1503-1504. SIR WILLIAM EDWARDSON.
   In wills of these dates he is described as "D'ns Willi' Edwardson capni," and Sr Willm Edwardson.

c. 1508. THOMAS HADOKKE.
   At a visitation3 of the Archdeacon held in Ashford Church on Tuesday, December 12th, 1508, Dominus Thomas Hadokke, chaplain, was admitted to the "Capella de Smalhith" after having taken the oath of fidelity and obedience to the Vicar of Tenterden upon a book of the Holy Evangelists.

c. 1514. ROBERT WISE.
   At sundry visitations held between 1514 and 1521 occurs the name of D'ns Robertus Wyse, Capell'. He became Vicar of Rolvenden in 1522.

c. 1516. SIR THOMAS INGREME OR GRYME.
   Mentioned as Chaplain in 1516. Robert Brikenden of Smalehith by will4 dated 19 November 1517 made various bequests to Smallhythe chapel, and to Sr Thomas Gryme, prest, to celebrate for the health of my soul ...... xxd.

c. 1521. ROBERT IDLEY.
   In visitations 1521-23 and in wills 1521-27 as D'ns Robertus Idley.
   1 The title "Sir" is commonly explained as indicating a "literate," i.e. one who has been admitted to Holy Orders without a university degree; and it was also used as a rendering of the Latin "Dominus," but there are various interpretations on this subject.
   Visitation Records, Vol. 1, 1499.
   Archdeaconry Act Book, No. 3, fol. 38 (Wills Office).
   Archdeaconry Wills, A. 13, 263.

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