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"Held the livings" mean?

"Held the livings" mean?

Posted: 29 Dec 2010 11:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
What does "held the livings" mean?

Example:

"He also held the livings of Mobberley and Davenham in Cheshire [...]"

Re: "Held the livings" mean?

Posted: 30 Dec 2010 10:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

I've wondered about this too. I think that the "living" refers to at least some if not all of the remuneration for the vicar or rector of the parish or parishes named. In old trade directories you often see phrases such as "the living is a rectory, yearly value £180" sometimes gifted by a particular person (the patron), and held by a named incumbent.

Christine

Re: "Held the livings" mean?

Posted: 23 Jan 2011 1:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Being the Rector or Vicar of a parish was described as "holding the living". Sometimes when parishes had very small livings, or were very small parishes one person could hold two or three. In the 18th century "livings" were often given by patronage, leading to some scandalous situations where one man could hold the livings of several parishes miles apart, meaning that he drew the money but only visited once a year or something similar. In such cases a curate was often appointed on a pittance and the absent holder pocketed the rest. Very nie for some. The expression "held the livings" could however also just refer to his career, he had moved from one place to another at different dates.
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