Vicars, Rectors and Deans

Incumbents of St. George’s Church, Doncaster

Taken from ‘An Historical Guide to Doncaster Parish Church by Rev. E. A. Armstrong, B.A. – 1926

The living of St. George’s is a vicarage in the patronage of the Bishop of Sheffield, to whom it passed from the Archbishop of York on the formation of the new Diocese. It was formerly a rectory, held from 1321 onwards by the Abbot and Convent of St. Mary’s, York. At the dissolution of the Monasteries the rectory reverted to the Crown, and later was assigned to the Archiepiscopal See of York. The following is a list on Incumbents, largely based on that given in the Rev. J. E. Jackson’s History:


  • 1207 – (9 John) – Peter had one moiety (part or share) and Hugo had the other.
  • 1251 – Ralph de Newton, Clerk, Instituted 5th December.
  • ???? – Adam de Hereford.
  • 1291 – (21 Edw. 1) Bogo de Clare had a moiety £43 – 6 – 8 and Roger had £40 – 0 – 0 each paying a pension of £5 to the Abbot.
  • 1302 – John of Rotherham, Sub-deacon. Instituted 30th April had the late Roger’s moiety.
  • 1313 – John de Gything, Inst. 1st April. Vacated by death.
  • 1316 – The Abbot presented to a moiety.
  • 1318 – William de Staines, Priest, Inst. 1st July. Had a pension of 80 marks.
  • ???? – Reginald.
  • 1321 – Roger, Parson of Doncaster. The Patent of Appropriation the Convent of St. Mary’s, York, is dated 14 Edw. II (1320-1).


  • 12th March 1320 – Walter de Thornton, Priest.
  • 17th June, 1355 – William, son of Thomas, son of Ellen de Appleby, Chaplain.
  • 5th Oct, 1360 – Robert Murray, Chaplain.
  • 18th March, 1361 – John de Gisburn. Alan Raysine, in his will dated 1396, he calls himself Vicar of Doncaster, and desires to be buried in the Church there.
  • 8th Jan, 1396 – William Farndale, Priest.
  • 31st Aug, 1403 – William Cooper, Priest. Desires in his will to be buried in ‘St. Nicholas’ Quire in the Church of Doncaster.
  • 19th June, 1430 – John Selow, Priest, Bachelor of Decretals.
  • 8th July, 1430 –  John Fythian, or Fychiane.
  • 29th Sept, 1450 – Richard Wymarks, alias Blythe.
  • 27th May, 1460 – John Rokley, Priest. By will 1475, he gave all his goods and chattels to the monk at Roche Abbey.
  • 2nd Dec, 1471 – Thomas Pesson, or Pereson, Doctor of Decretals.
  • 17th Jan, 1484 – John Weller, Professor of Theology.
  • ???? – John Hatton, Bishop of Nigropont, suffragan to the Archbishop of York. In 1503, prebendary of Gevendale and in 1504 to Ulleskelf and in 1506, the Archdeacon of Nottingham. He died 1526.
  • 23rd Sept, 1511 – William Draycote.
  • 5th Oct, 1511 – William Burgh. Doctor of decretals
  • 19th January, 1522 – Simon, or Thomas Robinson, Priest. By his will 1528, he desired to be buried in the High Quire of St. George’s.
  • 13th November, 1528 – William Clayton.
  • 26th March, 1533 – Milo Colynson.
  • 17th December, 1534 – Anthony Blake, M.A. In Archbishop Parkers ‘Certificatorium’ it appears that this incumbent held no less than five unconnected benefices, viz., Whiston, near Sheffield; the Vicarage of Doncaster; Rugby in Warwickshire; Barnet in Middlesex; and St. Dunstan’s in the West, London. As he was a married priest he was removed in the reign of Mary and John Hudson preferred to the living, but was restored when Elizabeth came to the throne.
  • 1554 – John Hudson substituted for Blake by Queen Mary. He probably went to Rossington in 1560, when he was displaced.
  • 1560 – Anthony Blake (restored).
  • 7th November, 1570 – Henry More, Bachelor of Laws. He was presented to the living by Archbishop Grindall. From this time onwards the Archbishop was the Patron.
  • 23rd May, 1579 – Arthur Kaye, also Rector of Rossington, 1591, and Dean of Doncaster. He was one of the four Clergymen in the Deanery who, about the year 1612, were mentioned in a ‘Return’ dealing with the views of the Clergy by Toller, Vicar of Sheffield, as being ‘in part nonconformist.’ He was buried at Doncaster, 15th January, 1613-14.
  • 2nd February, 1613-14 – Christopher Jackson, M.A. During his incumbency Mr. Hutchinson, for some unknown reason, officiated. He was buried at Doncaster 26th March, 1643.
  • 1643 – Richard Harvey. From the Chamberlain’s Accounts we learn with what a hearty welcome the Civic authorities greeted their new Vicar. Under the date 18th November, 1643, there is the entry: ‘Paid for nutmegs, ale, sugar, tobacco, pipes, when Mr. Mayor and the Aldermen went to drink with Mr. Harvie, 6/8d.’ He was buried at Doncaster, 22nd December, 1649.
  • 1650 – John Jackson, the elder. There was an irregularity in his presentation, the see of York being vacant for 10 years from 25th March, 1649, but conforming at the Restoration, he was instituted 14th January, 1662. In February 1667-8, he was appointed to the Rectory of Rossington, which he held with Doncaster. In 1656 and 1658 the Corporation voted him a gratuity of £20 ‘for his great pains in his calling, and not to continue longer.’ He was also Dean of Doncaster. He died in July, 1690 and was succeeded by his son.
  • 1690 – John Jackson, the younger, born at Doncaster, 25th June 1651, Rector of Sessay, near Thirsk, until his father’s death, when he was presented by the respective patrons, both to the Vicarage of Doncaster and Rectory of Rossington. He died July, 1706. His son, John Jackson, Rector of Rossington, was the author of ‘Chronological Antiquities.’
  • 1706 – Patrick Dujon. He signs the Armthorpe Registers as ‘Dean of Doncaster’ in 1721-2; also Prebendary of York. He built a vicarage in 1707 and interested himself in the formation of the Church Library. He died on 16th December, 1728, aged 57.
  • 1728 – Hollis Pigot. Also Vicar of Esperton and Prebendary of York.
  • June, 1762. George Hatfield, late chaplain to General Barrington’s Regiment of Infantry. The family had been established at Hatfield from the time of the Commonwealth. He and his wife were buried in the South Chancel.
  • 1785 – George William Auriol Hay Drummond, sixth son of the Hon. Dr. Robert Drummond (brother of the Earl of Kinnoul, Bishop of Salisbury, and afterwards Archbishop of York). Born in 1761 and educated at Christ Church, Oxon, he became vicar at the age of 24. He was also Prebendary of Ulleskelf in the Church of York, Rector of Tankersley and Rawmarsh, and vicar of Braithwell. His son, Robert William Hay, became Under-secretary of state for the Colonies. In 1790 he exchanged with Mr. Moore for Brodsworth, the property of his family. On the death of his wife and three children, he sought relief from sorrow in travel and was drowned in the wreck of a brig off Bideford, in Devonshire, on his way to Scotland, 7th December, 1807, the second of the Archbishop’s sons to perish at sea. He was a devoted parish priest, interesting himself, as recorded everywhere, in the religious education of the poorer children. When Small-Pox was rampant he offered free inoculation to the poor, an offer of which many availed themselves. Together with Dr. Miller he reformed the psalmody of the Church. He was talented and accomplished, being something of an artist and poet, and published some of his sermons and writings. He contemplated writing a history of Doncaster and neighbourhood and collected a considerable amount of matter for the work, which, however, was never completed.
  • 1790 – Stephen Moore, one time Chaplain to Archbishop Drummond, by whom he had been presented to Brodsworth. Also a Prebendary of York and Vicar of Hayton, Nottinghamshire, and sometime Vicar of Bugthorpe, Yorks. Died 12th July, 1807.
  • 1807 – Robert Afleck, M.A. brother of Sir James Afleck, of Dalham Hall, Suffolk, on whose death 10th August, 1833, he succeeded to the Baronetcy and estate. Also Rector of Treswell, Notts., and a Prebendary of York. Died 7th May, 1851, aged 83.
  • 23rd May, 1817 – John Sharpe, D.D. (1831). Also Vicar of Brodsworth 1827, Prebendary of York, and Rural Dean 1842. We read that he assisted the Archbishop of York at a confirmation on Monday 14th July, 1817, when 3,504 persons were confirmed. At the succeeding Confirmation four years later, on Tuesday 10th July, 1821, there were only 2,217 candidates. The mere mention of such facts sufficiently emphasises the advance in Church life and organisation which has been made during the last century.
  • 19th October, 1860 – Charles John Vaughan, D.D., afterwards Master of the Temple and Dean of Llandaff. (See Dean Vaughan article).
  • 16th October, 1869 – Francis Pigou, M.A., Chaplain to the Queen. Afterwards Dean of Bristol.
  • 14th January, 1876 – Hon. Edward Carr Glynn, M.A. Afterwards Bishop of Peterborough.
  • 2nd Jan, 1879 – Charles Sisum Wright, M.A., Prebendary of York.
  • 12th October, 1886 – Henry Jemson Tebbutt, M.A., Hon. Canon of Southwell.
  • 17th October, 1901 – John Nathaniel Quirk, D.D., Suffragan Bishop of Sheffield, later of Jarrow.
  • 1st July, 1905 – Folliott George Sandford, M.A., Archdeacon of Doncaster, 1913, Prebendary of York, Hon. Canon of Sheffield; Rural Dean, 1909-1919.

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