Canons of Rochester: Introduction

Pages 59-60

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 3, Canterbury, Rochester and Winchester Dioceses. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1974.

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All the prebends of Rochester were, by the charter of incorporation, in the king's gift, although Mary granted bishop Maurice Griffith the right of presentation to them for his lifetime. (fn. 1) After the original holder, prebendaries were not normally designated by the number of the prebend, and the succession has to be traced by reference to predecessors. (fn. 1) Evidence for the succession is implicit in the references given, or is discussed in footnotes.


  • 1. Hist. and Ant. Roch. pt. i p. 15; C.P.R. 1554-5 p. 53. Bp. Maurice Griffith made use of this power only once, in the case of John Kennall, whom he collated to the 6th preb. in March 1556.
  • 2. See Introduction p. 47.