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Of those admitted to deacon's orders 1750-1799, forty-five were graduates and six hundred and eighty were literates.Another thirty-seven had been at Oxford or Cambridge, but had not taken a degree, the literates were men who had been educated in the local grammar schools.In the province of York, 46 per cent had been to Oxbridge and 4 per cent were literates, with the remaining 49 per cent educated elsewhere.
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Owain W Jones in The Mountain Clergyman: His Education and Training (included in Links with the Past: Swansea & Brecon Historical Essays, pp.
166-167, edited by O W Jones & David Walker, Llandybie,1974).
The data is contained in these separate sections; The Church in Wales, that is the four Welsh dioceses which since the Norman conquest had been firmly placed under the authority of the archbishop of Canterbury, was notoriously poor ...
the burden of poverty fell on the unbeneficed and underprivileged mountain clergymen.
I have more than once seen them shamefully outdone by men that never saw the university, and I have never ordained any but them that could perform the exercise required by the thirty-fourth Canon of the Synod of 1603.
" This canon required that every ordinand should either be a graduate or at least be able to preach a discourse in Latin on one of the main articles of the Faith: there were also to be letters testimonial from heads of colleges or from three or four devout ministers.
Moreover, it appears to be the case that the Welsh ordinands were generally older than their English equivalents, in Wales obtaining ordination was a long haul and it was often embarked on as a second career after the youthful years had been spent in teaching or in trade. See the section on the first page, Part 1, headed 'Ordination Year of the Ministers of Carmarthenshire' which covers the period 1811 - 1910 --- any statistics are those mentioned in DWB (either edition).
In the Carmarthenshire Methodist ministers context there is a list of ministers and when/where they were ordained from taken from the book Hanes Methodistiaeth Sir Gaerfyrddin (The History of the Methodists in Carmarthenshire). These entries are not entirely in alphabetical order, those for particular towns have been grouped together.
In 1685 Archbishop Sancroft got the bishops to agree to a number of articles relating to ordinations and institutions: no man should be ordained who hath not taken some degree of school in one of the universities of this realm. Asaph] objected to it, but he agreed when the saving clause was added: "unless the archbishop, in some extraordinary case, and upon the express desire and request of the bishop ordaining, shall think fit to dispense with this particular." Lloyd then told the archbishop that the regulations were not practical in the Welsh dioceses: "We have a great many more cures of souls than we have graduates in this country; and as most of the people understand nothing but Welsh, we cannot supply the cures with anyother but Welshmen." Of the Welsh dioceses, Bangor was exceptional in having a majority of graduates amongst its ordinands, the ordination lists in the registers of the bishops of St David's tell their own story.
In the first half of the eighteenth century, about a third of those ordained were graduates, but later the proportion was very much smaller.
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