Notes 45 & 46. Richard Farrant, the Puritan "Rector" of Musbury.

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 74.


A.J.P. Skinner & Edward Windeatt

Prepared by Michael Steer

The notes were written in response to a query by Mr Skinner appearing in earlier pages of volume VII that sought more information about the Rector. Mr Windeatt in his response provides some additional information from records of the time. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 45. RICHARD FARRANT (VII., p. 23, par. 6). - M. I., Musbury Church (from Mr. Incledon's MSS.): Here lieth the body of Richard Farrand, minister, who died . . • 1680.                        A. J. P. S.

Note 46. RICHARD FARRANT, THE PURITAN "RECTOR" OF MUSBURY (VII., p. 23, par. 6). - Professor Lyon Turner in Original Records of Early Nonconformity under Persecution and Indulgence, Fisher Unwin, 191 1, gives the Episcopal Returns of Nonconformists. "Nonconformist ejected Ministers, Musbury, Mr. Rich. Farrand thence ejected." And under "Honyton Deanery, Mr. Richard Farrand, sometymes minr. of Musbury, now living in Musbury." The episcopal return of 1669, "Conventicles" gives Crewkerne Deanery "a Conventicle at Winsham." At the house of Henry Henley, Esq., and John Bennett " one of the Preachers was Mr. - Farrant." Under Charles II. Indulgence, 1672, a Licence was granted for "Rich. Farrand to be a Pr. Teacher in his howse, at Musberry, Devon." Like for howse of Rich. Farrand at Musbury, Devon."                   Edward Windeatt.