The Dictionary of Genealogy (which everyone should have) says, "until the
seventeenth century the term 'curate' was often synonymous with
but latterly it has applied almost exclusively to an assistant parish
priest, paid a salary or stipend and removable by the incumbent or bishop.
A Perpetual Curate is one in charge of a parish church where the tithes have
been impropriated and there is no endowed vicarage."
The dictionary then says, "see Church of England hierarchy," which isn't in
the dictionary. Maybe you could Google it.
Lynne in Tucson
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Subject: [Dyfed] Curates
This may sound a stupid question, but I am confused by who was termed a
Curate, and how the definition changed between say 1700 and the present day.
I was under the impression that a Curate was always a Clerk in Holy Orders,
ordained by the Bishop, but I appear to be mistaken.
Can anyone enlighten me?
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