Or, the Restitution of Abby Lands and Impropriations
Some of the identified reasons for the poor disclosures include; fear of discovery of financial impropriations
and acts of corruption, fear of competitiveness, inappropriate and non-commensurate sanctions for non-disclosure and provision of misleading information.
Stephens Church in London and a member of the Feoffees of Impropriations
, Davenport found himself doggedly pursued by Laud, brought before the High Commission, and threatened with arrest.
The Feoffees for Impropriations
was essentially an organization which sought to acquire impropriations
(livings under lay jurisdiction) and use the revenue to support approved puritan ministers.
Arguing that this reconstruction effort failed "because it was a variant of the reconstruction of the Church of England" (223), McCafferty examines not simply the issues of Laudianism-versus-puritanism and Protestantism-versus-recusancy but also Irish ecclesiastical independence versus congruity with the Church of England, church property resumption versus lay attempts to keep impropriations
, and local independence versus central control.
In the late 1620s William Laud communicated with James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh and effective primate of Ireland, about recovering Irish impropriations
1578-1653) ministered in London, served as one of the Feoffees for Impropriations
in the early part of the reign of Charles I, and in the revolutionary decades was an active promoter of the Presbyterian system.
90) Indeed, they argued that their provision for Richard White under the terms of the 1636 agreement was consistent with the crown's criticism of `the manifold inconveniences which happen to the church and commonwealth by reason of impropriations
and the small endowment of vicars and stipendiary priests'.
This is not how Laud saw things about ten years after this sermon was preached when he dissolved the Feoffees for Impropriations
, a group including Richard Sibbes whose purpose was to buy up lay impropriations
(the fights of lay people to appoint clergy to specific positions) with a view to appointing only ministers well qualified to preach.