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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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Recruitment, Background, and Education of the Clergy

Recruitment, Background, and Education of the Clergy

(p.31) 2 Recruitment, Background, and Education of the Clergy
The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

David Albert Jones

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This chapter describes the process of recruitment, selection, and examination of ordination candidates by bishops and their advisers. It examines the social and geographical backgrounds from which the clergy were drawn. It describes the education of clergy at grammar and free schools and at the universities. It examines the specific training for ordination that was provided for them and how provision was made for poor candidates — mostly from geographically remote areas — unable to attend one of the universities, and new developments in training during the 1830s. The means by which prospective clergy secured their first posts is discussed, and the means provided to encourage them to continue their theological studies.

Keywords:   selection, examination, grammar school, university, theological college, curacies, libraries

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