burned at the stake. His prayer before his execution,
and his letter to his father, narrating the whole of the sad proceedings
against him, during 1554-5, are preserved in Fox's 'Acts and Monuments
of the Church,' chapter xi.
RICHARD THORNEDON, Bishop-suffragan of Dover, obtained the benefice from
which Mr. Bland had been dragged to prison. He had been a monk of Christ
Church, Canterbury, receiving the tonsure in 1512. He received
Subdeacon's Orders March 26, 1513. At the Dissolution he was appointed
by Henry VIII, in 1542, to the First Prebendal Stall in the Cathedral,
which he held as a Protestant Divine throughout the reign of Edward VI.
On the accession of Queen Mary, his Protestantism evaporated, and he
actively persecuted his former colleagues. In Canterbury Hall at Oxford
he had filled the position of Custos, circa 1528. He was
consecrated Bishop-suffragan of Dover, in 1545, or 1546, and he secured
the benefices of Tenterden (1550-5), Lydd, Wrotham (1546), Bishopsbourne
(1546), Great Chart, and Adisham, the last five of which he held when he
died in 1557-8.
WILLIAM DEACON, who had been Thornedon's curate here, was collated March
12, 1557-8, by Archbishop Pole (76b). He held this benefice for 21
years, but resigned it November 4th, 1579.
WILLIAM SMITH succeeded Deacon in 1579. In his time the Registers were
fair-copied upon parchment, for
the sixty years 1539-98. He vacated this benefice in
MARTIN FOTHERBY, a younger brother of Dean Fotherby, was collated
January 24, 1602-3, by Archbishop Whitgift, whose chaplain and kinsman
he was. He had been a Fellow of Trinity Coll., Camb., Vicar of Chislet
1592-4, Rector of St. Mary le Bow, London, 1594; Rector of Chartham
1596-1618; Canon of the Eleventh Prebendal Stall at Canterbury
1596-1618. He became Chaplain to James I, and was Bishop of Salisbury
from 1618 to March 1619, when he died, and was buried in London at All
Hallows, Lombard Street.
WALTER BALCANQUELL was presented to this benefice by King James I, and
instituted by Archbishop Abbot (i., 435a) October 7, 1618. In 1625 he
entered in the Register a notice of the accession of Charles I, with a
prayer for his long life and preservation for the glory of God. He was
Rector of Kingstone 1632, as well as Master of the Savoy in London, and
had been promoted in 1624-5 to the Deanery of Rochester, which he held
together with these benefices. Ultimately he became Dean of Durham in
1639; and dying on Christmas-day 1645 was buried at Chirk.
JOHN OLIVER, D.D., who succeeded Dr. Balcanquell, became President of
Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1644, whence he