The Rev John Fentiman BA (Cambridge) was born 1638 in Swillington, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom to John Fentiman (1612-1681) and Ann Backhouse (c1612-) and died 6 April 1721 Irby upon Humber, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Helen unknown (c1645-1709) .


Offspring of The Rev John Fentiman BA and Helen unknown (c1645-1709)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Fentiman (c1676-1716) 1676 Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom June 1716 Walesby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom Susannah Scott (1676-)
Mary Fentiman (c1680-)

Early Life

John Fentiman was christened on 3 June 1638 in Swillington, Yorkshire, the son of John Fentiman and Ann Backhouse. His father was an agriculturalist (farmer).


John was admitted as a sizar at Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, at the age of 17, on 13 October 1656. He was listed as the son of John, late of Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorks. He had previously attended school in Barwick. He matriculated in 1656 and graduated with a B.A. in 1661.

Interestingly, Samuel Pepys had been a sizar at Magdalane College, also receiving a B.A., in 1654.


John was ordained as a priest by Bishop of Durham The Right Rev. Dr. John Cosin (1594-1672) on 22 September 1661. The Right Rev. Cosin was also Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, having attended Caius College, Cambridge; perhaps John would have noted their shared alma mater.

Career in Yorkshire

John was appointed vicar of the parish of Bardsey, within the Diocese of York, on 21 March 1662. The following day he was also appointed rector of Bardsey, though it is unclear what the distinction between these roles may have been. In this capacity, John had a patron, Sir John Lewis, 1st Baronet Lewis of Ledston, Yorkshire (c1615-1671).

John was licensed as a preacher on 13 August 1662 in Bardsey and the Rural Deanery of New Ainsty within the Diocese of York.

On 13 August 1662 John was also appointed as schoolmaster of the parish of Bardsey. On his record of appointment, it was noted that "Fentiman was already Vicar of Bardsey".

Also on 13 August 1662, John subscribed to the Act of Uniformity (1558), which set the order of prayer to be used in the English Book of Common Prayer.

John remained vicar of Bardsey until 1680. However on 14 July 1677 he was also appointed curate of Collingham, Yorkshire. On 13 August 1677 he was appointed vicar of Collingham. Again, he had patrons. The first was Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon (1650-1701), a prominent politician and Jacobite. The second was Robert Leke, 3rd Earl of Scarsdale, at the time Lord Deincourt (1654-1707), a politician and courtier. Theophilus and Robert were related by marriage.

Career in Lincolnshire

John's next move was to Lincolnshire. He accepted the position of rector of Irby upon Humber, a small village at the north edge of the Lincolnshire wolds and about six miles from the sea. He was appointed rector of the parish of Irby upon Humber, within the Grimsby Deanery, on 7 May 1679. His patron in this capacity was Elizabeth, Countess Clare.

John's move to Lincolnshire became permanent, and on 6 February 1680 he ceased his position as vicar of Bardsey, and then on 16 February 1680 ceased his position as perpetual vicar of Collingham.

John remained the vicar of St Andrew's Church, Irby upon Humber for over forty years. He died on 6 April 1721 aged 82.



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