Papers of the Reverend Robert Rigby

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Scope and Content

The section of wills in DDDU (papers of the Duesbury family) catalogued as DDDU/23 contains an original bundle relating to the affairs of the Reverend Robert Rigby, vicar of St Mary's in Beverley, and his family. The papers here include a copy of his will (1818) with probate granted in 1823, his private accounts in the early 1820s including his household accounts, burial fees received, and donations to various charities and the poor, as well as 18th century papers relating to tithes, the rebuilding of the vicarage of St Mary's and administration of local personal charities including those for alms houses and educational charities in both Beverley and Bishop Burton. There is a little bit of correspondence relating to local church affairs as well as inventories and memoranda about church incomes. There is also a 1795 sketch of the organ in St Mary's church and an 1815 table of fees for tombstones in Beverley Minster.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Rigby was born in 1753, the son of Thomas Rigby of Wigan, Lancashire. He was the vicar of St Mary's, Beverley, from 1791 until his death in 1823. He rebuilt the vicarage upon his appointment. He was a man of some means, owning a house in Manchester that had been built by his grandfather and another house in Beverley. He was also a man considerably involved in works of charity. He was married to Sarah, and had by her one son and several daughters, including Sarah Thompson and Anne Richter. His son, Joseph Rigby (b.circa 1785), was educated at Oxford and became vicar of Hutton Cranswick in 1819, a post he held until his death in 1869. Joseph Rigby was author of The Spirit of the Age (1834) and An enquiry into the descent of Christ into Hell (1845) (Alumni Oxonienses, p. 1201; Ross, Celebrities of the Yorkshire Wolds, p.134).

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Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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Foster, Joseph, Alumni Oxonienses, (1888)

Ross, Frederick, Celebrities of the Yorkshire Wolds (1878)

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