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Mary C
16-04-2007, 1:21 AM
My Puritan Vicar ancestor signed the Gloucestershire Ministers' Testimony in 1648. Does anyone know exactly what this was?

Also, the Clergy of the Church of England Data Base gives appointments of Schoolmasters in the 1600s. Does this mean that schoolmasters had to be appointed by the Church - or what was their connection?

Hoping someone can help me here.

Mary

mary elms
22-05-2007, 8:36 AM
I don't know the precise nature of the Testimony signed but there's a statrement on one website

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/

that it was signed in support of the Covenant. (Type Gloucestershire Ministers' Testimony into their Quick Search box then look under Leonard Stanley Churches0 If this is true then signing the Testimony was firmly nailing your colours to the mast right on the cusp of the Civil War.

Mary.

DebbieAnn
23-05-2007, 5:15 PM
There is a journal article available for purchase online at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=ECH&volumeId=56&issueId=04:

Edward Fisher and the Defence of Elizabethan Protestantism during the English Revolution
CHRISTOPHER DURSTON
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Volume 56, Issue 04, October 2005, pp 710-729
doi: 10.1017/S002204690500429X, Published online by Cambridge University Press 05 Dec 2005

that may give you what you're looking for...

Debbie