[26 June, 1657.]
Who shall be reputed Incumbent in Sequestrated livings.
Be it Enacted by his Highness the Lord Protector and this present
Parliament, That every person who hath been, or shall before the
First day of July, One thousand six hundred fifty seven, be setled
by the Parliament, or any authority derived from them, or by his
Highness the Lord Protector, or the Lords Commissioners of the
Great Seal, in any Parsonage or Vicaridge, Presentative or Donative,
or Hospital within this Commonwealth, heretofore Sequestred by
Parliament, or any authority derived from them, and shall on the
First day of July aforesaid, be in the Possession thereof, the Sequestred or Ejected Minister being then living, such and no other person
shall be, and is hereby adjudged and deemed the lawfull Incumbent
to all intents and purposes, and shall and may have, retain and
possess, sue for, and recover all Tythes, and other Profits and
Advantages whatsoever thereunto belonging, as if he had been
legally instituted and inducted, any Law or Statute to the contrary
in any wise notwithstanding.
Upon death, resignation or removall of such incumbent, who shall present.
And it is further Enacted by the authority aforesaid, That upon
the Death, Resignation or Removal of the Minister, formerly setled
as aforesaid, and now adjudged the Incumbent, It shall be lawfull
for the Patron (being neither Delinquent nor Papist) to present
to such Living, as if the Incumbent formerly sequestred had been
In what cases Sequestred or ejected Ministers shall have allowances.; How it shall be paid.
Provided alwaies, and be it further Enacted by the Authority
aforesaid, That where the Sequestred or Ejected Minister is not
seized of to his own use, or others in trust for him or his Wife, of the
Real Estate of Thirty pounds Per annum, or possessed of a Personal
Estate to the value of Five hundred pounds, the Commissioners,
that are or shall be appointed for the Ejection of Scandalous,
Ignorant and Insufficient Ministers and Schoolmasters, or any five of
them, shall within their Limits make unto the Sequestred Minister,
during his life, Allowance out of the Profits of the said Parsonage
or Vicaridge, not exceeding a fifth part of the Profits thereof;
And the said Commissioners or any five of them, are hereby impowred and required to Sequester for the use of (and cause to be
paid over to) the said Sequestred Minister the said Allowance, with
such Arrears thereof, as the said Commissioners shall think fit,
in case the Incumbent shall refuse to pay the same.
Such Minister shall not have any benefit hereof whiles he resides in the place.
Provided, That no Ejected or Sequestred Minister shall have or
receive any Benefit or Advantage by vertue of this Act, that resides
and remains in the Parish or place out of which he is Ejected or
Sequestred, during such residence, Any thing before in this Act,
or any other matter or thing to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.
First fruits not payable till the Death of the person ejected or sequestred.
Provided alwaies, That nothing in this Act shall extend to the
charging any person hereby made and constituted Incumbent
in Law, with the Payment of First-fruits, untill the death of the
said person Ejected or Sequestred from any such Parsonage or
Vicaridge as aforesaid, at which time he shall be lyable to pay the
Augmentations granted to other places to stand during the life of the Incumbent.
Provided also, and it is hereby declared, That where any part
of the Tythes, or other Profits have been taken away by any of the
Authorities aforesaid, from any Parsonage or Vicaridge, Presentative
or Donative, and setled upon any Chappel or other place, for the
increase of Maintenance of such place, nothing contained in this Act
shall extend to the taking away such Augmentations from such
places, but they are hereby confirmed and setled as aforesaid,
during the life of the person hereby adjudged the Incumbent.
Proviso as to the Minister of Sedgefield.
Provided alwaies, That this Act or any thing therein contained,
shall not extend to give or confirm unto Anthony Lapthorn the
present Minister of Sedgefield in the County of Durham, any Right
or Title to the Profits of the said Rectory of Sedgefield, save onely
to so much thereof as shall amount unto the sum of Two hundred
pounds per Annum, allowed unto him out of the Profits of the
said Rectory by the Committee of the late Parliament for Plundred
Ministers, Any thing in this Act contained to the contrary in any
In what case the Patron may present to a sequestred living.
Provided alwaies, and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid,
That it shall and may be lawfull to and for any Patron or person,
having Right of Presentation, and not being a Papist or Delinquent,
to present unto any Church or Chappel where the Incumbent hath
been a Delinquent and Sequestred, and in which any Minister
hath been placed by Authority of Parliament, that is since deceased,
and such Church or Chappel not supplied or presented unto before
the Seventeenth day of June, One thousand six hundred fifty seven,
any thing in this Act, or any other matter or thing to the contrary