Copy Bill of Complaint

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In the Court of Exchequer, of John Bellwood of York, clerk, vicar and curate of the rectory of St Olive’s parish. Claiming that on the Dissolution of St Mary’s Abbey a stipend of £6 was granted to the vicar of that church and his successors to be paid by the impropriator of the rectory. He was also to receive his diet and to be allowed to pasture his cattle on the common. The complainant had been admitted as vicar by Toby, (Tobias Matthew), Archbishop of York, 32 years previously. Sir Wm Robinson of Rawcliff, Kt. impropriator of the rectory had received tithe worth nearly £200 p.a. for 20 years, but for the last 14 years had refused to pay the vicar his salary of £6 p.a., provide his diet worth £20 p.a. or allow him to pasture his cattle on the commons of Rawcliff or Clifton, worth 40s p.a. Requesting a writ of subpoena against Sir Wm Robinson. Paper, 9 sheets.

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