Friday, 2 February 2018

History of St John's Church: Rectors and Links

This is a bit of a miscellaneous post, collating links to do with history of the Church, and adding a list of Rectors, and a short piece on Daniel Brevint who was Rector here.

Bailleine's History of the Church

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List of Rectors

c.1297 Sire Richard Guesdel
1309 Sire Richard Gerart
1349 Sire Roger Hasteyn
c.1498 Sire Pierre Le Couteur
1499 Sire Guillaume Britte
1499-1534 Maitre Edouard Messervy
1542 Sire Nicolas Maret
1546-1554 Sire Johan Journeaux
1554-1557 Maitre Jacques Amy
1557-1559 Sire Edouard Hamon
1559-1580 M. Edouard Hamon ( Réformation )
1583-1588 M. Oliver Menier
1588-1590 M. de la Vallée
1592-1602 M. Nicolas Le Duc
1604-1651 M. Daniel Brevint
1651 M. Josué Bonhomme
1655-1662 M. Constan Guenard
1663-1714 M. Clement Le Couteur
1715-1742 M. Elie Dumaresq B.A.
1743-1778 Le Rév. M. Charles Godfray
1779-1790 Le Rév. M. Thomas Syvret
1790-1800 Le Rév. M. Francois Ricard
1880-1808 Le Rév. M. Jean Mallet
1809-1818 Le Rév. M. Michel Dupré, B.A.
1819-1848 Le Rév. M. Philippe Dupré
1849-1863 Le Rév. M. Samuel Wright
1863-1875 Le Rév. M. Thomas Le Neveu, B.A.
1875-1877 Le Rév. M. George Poingdestre, M.A.
1877-1880 Le Rév. M. Edouard Luce, M.A.
1880-1887 Le Rév. M. Adolphus-Orange Balleine
1887-1891 Le Rév. M. John Pepin, M.A.
1891-1937 Le Rév. M. Ernest St.John Nicolle, B.D.
1938-1947 The Rev. Raymond Sefton Hornby
1947-1951 The Rev. Arthur Reginald Anderson Watson (Minister)
1951-1965 The Rev. John Vernon Ward-Booth
1965-1985 The Rev. Peter Geoffrey Kevitt Manton
1985-1994 The Rev. Michael George St.John Nicolle
1995-2016 The Rev. Andrew James Thewlis
2017 – The Reverend Beverley Sproats

Daniel Brevint by G.R. Balleine

Daniel Brevint was Rector of St. John's, Jersey, for 46 years. He was the last of the Presbyterian stalwarts.

"He had been", wrote Chevalier, "the firmest adherent of the Religion of Geneva, having accepted the Prayer Book greatly against his will. Even when the Dean had made him use the book, he read the prayers without any responses, rejecting all the ceremonies and vain repetitions". (Journal). He married Elisabeth Le Sebirel, widow of Guillaume Le Goupil. His son, Daniel, the future Dean, was born in 1617, and baptised in St. John's Church on May 11. He was educated in the Protestant University of Saumur, tailing his M.A., when only 17. in 1634. He then spent some time in teaching.

Elie Brevint's Notebook says in 1635- "My nephew, Daniel, is in Poitou as tutor to some young gentlemen". In 1636 the Channel Island Fellowships were founded by Charles I at Oxford. Brevint and Jean Poindexter  were the first chosen. Brevint became Fellow of Jesus College. He had some difficulty in getting his Saumur degree recognised by Oxford, owing to Laud's opposition; but he succeeded. He remained here nine years.

In the Civil War he suffered "a long imprisonment in England on account of his loyalty". (Clarendon Papers). He then returned to Jersey, and in 1647 became Rector of Grouville, though still in Presbyterian orders. When the Parliamentary Visitors purged Oxford he was deprived (January 1649) of his Fellowship.

In February 1649 Josue De Carteret  charged him before the Royal Court with disaffection and sedition. A Report on the case. sent to the King, is among the Clarendon Papers: "Mr. Daniel Brevint gave a warning to Mr. Joshua De Carteret to abstain from presenting himself for Holy Communion, unless first reconciled to a person against whom he had uttered publicly in Court passionate expressions of revenge. Carteret in consequence prosecuted Brevint before the Justices.

The Commissioners report that they find no ground whatsoever for the charges. They have received good evidence of the integrity and ability of Brevint, and are satisfied that Carteret's carriage was scandalous and offensive".

In November 1649 he preached before the King in French in the Town Church.

In the following year he went to Paris, and received Anglican Orders. Brevint then returned to Jersey, and resumed his work as Rector of Grouville.

His best known book was "The Christian Sacrament and Sacrifice by way of Discourse, Meditation, and Prayer upon the Nature, Parts, and Blessing of the Holy Communion " (Oxford 1673)' This passed through many editions, and was so valued by the Wesleys that they printed an abridgement of it as an introduction to their "Hymns for the Lord's Supper" 1745. Indeed many of the hymns are only a versification of Brevint

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