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
Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.