Officials: Beconsall, Adam


Official of the archdeacon of Chester from about 1522 until his resignation in 1535, he sometimes presided over the Chester consistory court and unsuccessfully attempted to establish another permanent consistory court at Bury.


Qualifications: bachelor of canon law 1518-19; doctor of canon law 1529-30 (Cambridge)

Career: official of the archdeacon of Chester 1522 until his resignation in 1535; commissioner for the visitation of religious houses of Wales, 1535; prebendary of St Asaph, 1536; vicar of Leyland, 1540

 Further notes: Adam Beconsall was one of three sons of Edward Beconsall of Beconsall in Lancashire.

 Possibly also rector of Brington with Bythorn and Old Weston (diocese of Lincoln) CCEd person ID 74790


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Langton, William (ed.), The Visitation of Lancashire and a part of Cheshire, A. D. 1533, (The Chetham Society, Old Series, 110, 1882), pp. 129-30.

‘Hesketh-with-Becconsall’, in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1911), pp. 111-114. British History Online

‘Prebendaries: Unidentified’, in Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 11, the Welsh Dioceses (Bangor, Llandaff, St Asaph, St Davids), ed. B Jones (London, 1965), pp. 46-48. British History Online

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