CCEd is a great resource but the data is taken from different sources, is
not rigorously cross-referenced, vulnerable to variant spellings and
probably incomplete - see
Your information that he held two appointments until 1571 is evidently taken
from the Person record of "Richard Whithere" but Location records for
Eggesford, Brendon and East Down yield a different sequence:
Richardus Whythere was appointed Rector of Eggesford on 9/5/1554 because the
position was Vacant "certo modo", and was succeeded sometime in 1561 by
Bartholomeus/Bartholomew Cowde until his death in 1571.
Ricardus Whithere was appointed Rector of Brendon on 27/2/1562 because the
position was lawfully vacant, but only a few months later Willimus
Machaunt/Willelmus Marchant was appointed Rector of Brendon from 4/9/1562
until his death on 5/2/1571.
Richardus WHATHER was appointed Rector of East Down from 21/6/1566 until his
death on 2/12/1589, which includes your known date of 1873.
The first two appointments appear to be consecutive but then there is a gap
of nearly four years, during which you might find Richardus elsewhere under
a different spelling of his surname.
CCEd also has a possibly related John Whiteheare who was instituted,
deprived and sequestrated at Brixham between 1553 and 1555.
Note that a Curate, hired by an absentee Rector, may not appear in official
listings, so CCEd may not have captured any earlier career. The Oxford
alumni registers can be found at
, and both Oxford and
Cambridge alumni are indexed on Ancestry. I did not find the above names
but you might try harder for variant spellings.
Regards - Martin Beavis
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Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 2:38 AM
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Subject: [DEV] Richard WHITHEARE - Clergyman in 16th century
I have a note that Richard WHITHEARE (variously spelt and who,
if I've got it right, is a 10xggf) was, on 19 May 1573, Rector of East Down,
Devon, aged 64. Unfortunately I didn't record the source! (A big NO NO!)
The CCEd (CofE Clergy site) lists Richard WHITHEARE as Rector of
Eggesford in Devon from 9 May 1554 to 6 Oct 1571 and as Rector of Brendon in
Devon from 27 Feb 1562 to 5 Feb 1571, but it doesn't list him at East Down.
According to Parish Locator, these 2 parishes are over 23 miles apart, so it
is possible that he held the livings but had a Vicar in either or both
places who ministered to those congregations.
His listed age in 1573 gives a birth year of around 1509. The
baptism of his eldest known child, Margaret, (in Barnstaple on 7 Aug 1540)
supposes a marriage before 1540, by which time he was about 31 and quite
likely ordained. He was possibly an Assistant Curate and even a Vicar
somewhere before he became a Rector at the age of 45.
I haven't found out yet whether he 'read theology' at Oxford or
Cambridge - maybe Oxford as I couldn't find him on a Cambridge database
that I was able to access (I haven't been able to find an alphabetical site
for Oxford). It is possible, though, that clergy trained in some other way
in the 16th century.
Any comments on any of these matters would be gratefully received.
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia