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From: "Tompkins, M.L.L." <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Alumni Lists for Oxford & Cambridge
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 09:46:42 +0100
<<I have just seen a note that Sir John BEAUPUL (or a variant
spelling) was Rector of Marwood in Devon in 1520.
As he would have had to have 'read Theology' somewhere, it would
have been, I think, at either Oxford or Cambridge.
Does anyone have access to either or both of these Lists who
could check for his entry please?>>
Actually, Pam, it would have been quite unusual for a parish priest to have been a university graduate at this time. For example, of the 1,450 priests who were presented to benefices in the diocese of Lincoln between 1495 and 1520 only 261 were graduates - just 3.5% of the total (Bowker, Secular Clergy in the Diocese of Lincoln, 45). I don't have similar data for the diocese of Exeter, but the proportion of graduates there would not have been very different.
Much larger proportions of the higher clergy were graduates, but Beaupul does not seem to have climbed any further up the hierarchy than his rectory - he is not mentioned in Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541, vol. 9: Exeter diocese (or in vol. 3 or 8 - Salisbury and Bath and Wells dioceses).