at Hereford from 1738 to 1769; and was, from 1748 to
1769, Archdeacon of Canterbury, and from 1759 to 1769, fifth Prebendary.
He married Miss Jane Geekie; and, in the year preceding his death, he
succeeded to the baronetcy, owing to the deaths (without male issue) of
his three elder brothers. He died in Dec. 1769, and was buried in the
chancel of Ickham Church, in the large vault of the Head family. There
is here no epitaph nor other memorial of him; nor of fifteen other
members of the family who lie with him in that vault.
(32) The Honourable JAMES CORNWALLIS (a nephew of
Archbishop Cornwallis), the successor of Sir John Head in this benefice,
held it for one year only. He had been Rector of Boughton Malherb, a
Prebendary of Westminster, and, for a few months only, Rector of
Adisham; he became Rector of Wrotham in 1770; Dean of Canterbury in
1775; Bishop of Lichfield in 1781; and Dean of Windsor 1791-4. He
succeeded his nephew, the second Marquess Cornwallis, in the Peerage, as
fourth Earl Cornwallis, in 1823, and died in 1824. He was a son of the
first Earl Cornwallis, and was the father of the fifth and last Earl.
(33) WILLIAM BACKHOUSE, D.D., was
collated to Ickham in 1771. He became Rector of Deal in 1776, and was
Archdeacon of Canterbury from 1769 to 1788, when he died.
(34) HOUSTOUNE RADCLIFFE, D.D., Chaplain to Archbishop
Moore, Vicar of Gillingham, and fourth Prebendary of Canterbury
1795-1822, succeeded to this living in 1788. He held the Archdeaconry of
Canterbury from 1803 until his death in 1822. He had been Rector of
Merstham 1786-90; a Prebendary of Ely from 1787 to 1795; and was
Sub-dean of Wells from 1812 to 1822.
(35) NICHOLAS SIMONS, M.A., Vicar of Minster in Thanet.
(36) JOHN ADOLPHUS WRIGHT, M.A., held the benefice from
1839 to 1874, when he resigned, under 34 and 35 Victoria, cap. 44. He
died 16 June 1881.
(37) EDWARD GILDER, M.A., Rural Dean, and Rector of St.
Dunstan's Canterbury, succeeded Mr. Wright in 1874, and is now the