Rectors and Vicars and Curates…Oh My!

A rather intriguing post by an excellent author and friend. I learned a lot about the Regency era clergy. Cannot recommend her work highly enough. Additionally, the list of sources for the post should prove fascinating reading for those who are eager for more information.

Maria Grace

I must confess, trying to understand the Regency clergy just about drove me over the edge. References didn’t answer my questions, then they would contradict one another. I thought I’d pull my hair out. Nancy Mayer at Nancy Mayer-Regency Researcher came to my rescue and straightened out so much of  my confusion. Thank you, Nancy! Please, take time and check out her wonderful site.

The three different types of clergy populated the parish church: the rector, the vicar and the curate. The latter two are the ones we hear about most but it is worth taking a moment to consider the rector, too.

Rector

One of the reasons for confusion about this position is that the rector did not have to be an ordained man — it might well be a college, a group, bishop, a nobleman, or even a female. The rector was simply the one who received the ‘greater’…

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