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n.1.One who impropriates; specifically, a layman in possession of church property.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Every reader must recollect, that after the fall of the Catholic Church, and the Presbyterian Church Government had been established by law, the rank, and especially the wealth, of the Bishops, Abbots, Priors, and so forth, were no longer vested in ecclesiastics, but in lay impropriators of the church revenues, or, as the Scottish lawyers called them, titulars of the temporalities of the benefice, though having no claim to the spiritual character of their predecessors in office.
The farm's 176-acre estate includes a field known as Clanacre which was allot ed in 1743 to Lord Brooke - then the lay impropriator of Aston Cantlow - by an inclosure award made in 1743 pursuant to the Aston Cantlow Inclosure Act 1742.
They began by attempting to recover church revenues through litigation, backed by an aggressive use of the prerogative, aimed at impropriators and men enjoying beneficial leases of church lands.