Officials: Smyth, Richard

RICHARD SMYTH

Commissary of the short-lived additional consistory court of Bury; official of the archdeacon of Chester.

RICHARD SMYTH, d. c. 1554

Qualifications: Bachelor of Law

CCEd person ID 37371

Career: rector of Holy Trinity, Chester 1505 -1507; rector of Bury 1507- 1554/5; probably rector of Wigan 1551 -1554; probably vicar of Sandbach 1548-1554

commissary of the short-lived additional consistory court of Bury; official of the archdeacon of Chester, appointed c 1524 until at least 1542; it was reported that while he held this position he regularly took bribes from the laity to cover up moral offences

Further notes: for further details of his clerical career see his entry in ‘People’

Sources:

George T. O. Bridgeman, The History of the Church and Manor of Wigan in the County of Lancaster, part I (Chetham Society, new series, 15, 1888), pp. 121-8.

Tim Cooper, The Last Generation of English Catholic Clergy: Parish Priests in the Diocese of Coventry and Lichfield in the Early Sixteenth Century (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999) p. 61.

J. P. Earwaker, The History of the Ancient Parish of Sandbach (No place of publication: published privately, 1890), p. 46.

Christopher Haigh, Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Lancashire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), pp. 3-4, 57.

Douglas Jones, The Church in Chester 1300-1540 (Chetham Society 3rd series, 7, 1957), p. 172.

‘Henry VIII: April 1535, 1-10’, in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 8, January-July 1535, ed. James Gairdner (London, 1885), pp. 188-202. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/letters-papers-hen8/vol8/pp188-202 [accessed 4 February 2023] (495)

‘The parish of Bury’, in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1911), pp. 122-128. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol5/pp122-128 [accessed 4 February 2023]