St. Andrews Wingfield

Wingfield was Parson of Earsham aka Esham (near Wingfield).  Patron: Giles le Rus.  [Aldwell, 55]

1299-1321.  Edius alias Giles de Wingfield was clerk [=cleric] of Chickering next to Wingfield.  Giles is recorded as brother of Roger (both dsp).  [Wingfield Muniments, 1; Bryant’s Norfolk Churches].  In 1327 Giles de Wingfield was Lord of Stradbroke, the next Manor to Wingfield.  In 1349 a Giles and Ranulf de Wingfield were charged with poaching deer, fish, hares and rabbits in Robert de Morle’s [Morley’s] park at Earsham [Pat. Rolls q. in Notes of John Maurice Wingfield, 1936, I, 12].

1301-4. Roger Wingfield, King’s Clerk [=cleric] in 1307-14. In 1309 was presented to Sherburn-in-Elmet (Yorkshire). [Wingfield Muniments, 1]. 1310-1311 November: the Receptor of Duxford with Deney (Cambridgeshire) was committed to Master Roger of Wingfield. [VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY Cambridgeshire & the Isle of Ely, II, pp.262, 323].

Henry Wingfield, Rector of Baconsthorpe & Hempstead and of Rendlesham (all Norfolk), flourishing 1474. Buried at Letheringham under a mulberry tree near the churchyard gate (asking in his will for palms to be laid on his grave in Passion Week).

15c.   Prior William Wingfield, [Dunham Nagna Line] flourishing 1530s. See West Acre above.

1527-pre 1553.  Captain Edward Maria Wingfield’s father Thomas Maria Wingfield, (1514-1557) was Rector of Warrington  (Lancashire) succeeding Richard Delves.  “Patron:  Humphrey Wingfield &c” (which included Sir Richard Wingfield, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1522-25. He retired from the priesthood on or about November 8th 1537 (when Edward Keble, MA succeeded to the Rectorship of Warrington. “He must have been a mere child when he graduated at Oxford in 1534… He afterwards renounced an ecclesiastical career and became Member of Parliament for Huntingdon borough in 1553. [Lichfield Episcopal Register xiii-xiv, B/A/1/14,  fo.63v  q. in VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY Lancashire, III, 1907,  p.311 and n.12; VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY Derbyshire, V, pp. III, 299; Jocelyn R. Wingfield’s Virginia’s True Founder, pp.9-13].  See too Walgrave (above).

1570-86. Father Wingfield [unidentified ] was one of four RC priests harbored by Richard Brayley in the Babington Plot 1586 against Queen Elizabeth. [Brett-James, Middlesex, 1951, p.112]. Possibly Thomas Wingfield. [Reference mislaid].

Paul Wingfield, christened 1602, son of Sir John Wingfield of Tickencote,was Rector of Uffington (Lincolnshire).

The Ven. John Wingfield was Dean of Kilmacduagh, Ireland, in 1621. The younger brother of Sir Richard Wingfield, Marshal of Ireland, he was formerly a soldier.

1617. William Wingfield, son of Edward Wingfield of Attercliffe (now central Sheffield, in Yorkshire), matriculated at St. Catharine’s, Cambridge,– as was William Wingfield, sizar 1726 aged 22, “of Attercliffe” son of Jonathan Wingfield [unidentified ]”, who was Vicar of St. Peter’s, Isle of Thanet (Kent) – whence he was ejected in 1662. Dr.William Fredrick Wingfield (born 1814, 2nd son of John Wingfield DD of Worcester, was also sometime curate of St.Peter’s Thanet, before 1845 when he became an RC.

1617. Augustine Wingfield was Deacon of Lincoln [?Cathedral], 1668. Probably identical to Augustine aka Augustinus Winkfield who was the Rector of Tisbury (Wiltshire) in 1678 (until 1699).

1670s-1720.   Rev. Philip Wingfield (1657-1720) of Tilley (Shropshire), M.A. (Pembroke College, Oxford, 1675, Onslow Line), Priest of St. Julian’s Chapel, Shrewsbury 1703 and of Berwick Chapel near Shrewsbury; married his cousin Martha Smalman, widow of Henry Smallman, Esq., of Hilderthorpe,  and daughter of Wrottesley Prynce in 1706.  They were the parents of Rev. Benjamin Wingfield.  Philip was buried 26th July 1720 in Shrewsbury Abbey.  Warned the Earl of Macclesfield about letter carriers [mailmen] “dropping letters which fall into the hands of zealous papists”].  Esquire 1703.  [CSP, W&M,1690].

1713. John Wingfield, son of Anthony Wingfield of Stonham Aspal was “Dean” – or perhaps this is this a misprint for “Deacon”, of  (if the latter, he was later Rector of Barford (?Barford bt Barnham Broom, Norfolk).

1732?-1773.  Rev. Thomas Wingfield alias Winkfield, (b. 1709), B. A. (Oxon) 1732, St. John’s 1728, Sussex, (Camb); 1734-of Christchurch, Surrey; 1736, DD (Doctor of Divinity)  175?-1762,  Minister of St. Olave’s Southwark and of Christchurch (both Surrey) (now South London).  3rd Undermaster Merchant Taylor’s School and Hospitaller & Chaplain of St. Thomas’s Hospital, Southwark, and vicar of Yealmpton near Plymouth, Devon, 1742-1745. 1749- published various books on religion (now in the British Library), 1751-62: Minister of Southwark Church (now Cathedral); 1742+ until 1773: He died as “Rector of Hinton Ampner, Hants”, 1773.  He was father of Anthony Wingfield II of St. Thomas’s Hospital, Elizabeth (m—Bull) and of Thomas Wingfield alias Winkfield, Jeweller of Southampton (Hampshire). [THE GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE , Musgrave; Links I, #16, WFS].

1733-35. John Whinfield (unidentified ), son of Edward Whinfield, Gent, of Sedbergh (Yorkshire), Rector of Lassington (Gloucestershire) etc.

1738-1759. Rev. Thomas Wingfield. 1738-39: Deacon at Bugden; 1740-1759: Rector of Market Overton. UPTON/TICKENCOTE LINE.

Pre 1734 – 1763.  Rev. Benjamin Wingfield, B.A., (1710-1763), son of the above Rev. Philip married  (i) 1752 Ann Tombs at St. Alkmand’s Shrewsbury;  (ii) Anstice Caunt.

Two years at Shrewsbury School, Vicar of Wem (Shropshire), Minister of St. Mary’s Shrewsbury by 1743, and also Rector of Pontesbury and of Great Hanwood (from 1734, signed register 1757).  Burgess of Shrewsbury, 1763.  In 1743 the Mayor and Corporation of Shrewbury wanted Rev. Benjamin Wingfield as Headmaster of Shrewsbury School [Boys’ Independent Secondary School, one of the oldest and most famous in England], but Wingfield never got the job as the appointment “lapsed to the Crown”. [Oldham, A History of Shrewsbury School, pp. 60, 64].

1738-40. Thomas Wingfield, Deacon then Priest at Lincoln [?Cathedral], then Curate of Water Newton (Huntingdonshire).

1740s-91.  Rev. John Tombes Wingfield of Atcham (Shropshire), dsp and buried at Atcham, 1791. [Onslow Line].  [Musgrave, GM, 81]. Sent Wingfield pedigree to Wingfield Wildman of Sheffield, 1786. [NSC/152/24].

1740s. Rev. John Wingfield “due to sail to the Americas”. [WINGFIELD IMMIGRATION REGISTER , Part 1].

1755-82. Rev Borlase Wingfield (1729-1782). 1755 – Vicar at Hereford; 1755-58 Rector of Haddon (Northamptonshire); 1755-58 of Meeson and of Great Bolas (Shropshire); m. November 5, 1762 Phyllis Cresswell-Tayleur, widow, nee Walker, of Meeson, at Great Bolas; 1765-82: Rector of North & South Lopham (Norfolk). Borlase was father of Rev. Richard.

1758-73. Rev. John Wingfield VI, M.A. (1734-1773), Lord of the Manor and Patron of Tickencote from 1734 and Rector of Tickencote (i.e. “squarson” =Squire + Parson) and Lord & Patron of Market Overton (Rutland) 1760-1773.  He was Father of Rev. Thomas Wingfield of Bulwick, (Northamptonshire) et al, husband of Sarah Beckett of Barnsley (Yorkshire).  In his photograph to be seen in the vestry at Market Overton, he is well-built, bewigged and serious-looking.

Rev. T. Wingfield “due to sail to the Americas”. [WINGFIELD IMMIGRATION REGISTER ,  Part 1].

1767-1818. Rev. Richard Wingfield (b.1767, christened at Great Bolas, d.1818), sometime vicar of Great Bolas and afterwards of Meretown, near Newport and Shrewsbury  (Shropshire) and of  Fernhill near Montford (Shropshire). Son of Rev. Borlase. [Onslow Line]. The penniless Henry Cecil, who was to inherit Burghley House from his uncle in 1793, becoming the Marquess of Exeter, was in the 1780s living at Bolas Rectory, rented from the vicar, with Sarah Hoggins (whom he married 1791) as his second wife, the so-called “Cottage Countess”. Richard was in 1798 “mortgagee of his stepbrother’s house, Bolas Rectory”.

1770s. Rev. Anthony Wingfield alias Winkfield, clerk, Registrar of St. Thomas’s Hospital, Southwark (Surrey), son of Thomas Wingfield of St. Thomas’s Hospital (died 1773).  He claimed descent from Richard Wingfield of Wantisden, 2nd son of Sir Anthony Wingfield, Knight of the Garter.  He was arrested for embezzlement and died 1799. [Pegge, THE GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, St. Thomas’s Minute Book, GLRO].

1777-1825.    Rev. John Wingfield (1760-1825, ordained 1777, DD (Doctor of Divinity 1799), Headmaster of Westminster (1802) & of Rugby; Prebendary & Sub-Dean of Worcester (from 1803), Vicar of Montford (Shropshire) and 1803-25 of St. Issey (Cornwall), Vicar of Kempsey (Worcestershire) and Rector of Easton (Hampshire), 1804; Prebendary of York (from 1812), Rector of Whitbourne (Herefordshire), 1815; Vicar of Bromsgrove (Worcestershire), 1815. Married Mary James, who died March 1864 in Bayswater. Buried in Worcester Cathedral cloisters.

1779-83. Rev. John Wingfield, army chaplain in 91st Regiment – then the Shropshire Volunteers. Probably the same as the last entry.

1789-1851. Rev. Charles Wingfield (Onslow Line, 1770-97). Rector of Preston Montford (Shropshire). Married Letitia Jenkins. Brother of Rev. Rowland.

1790s-1825. Rev. John Wingfield, (cadet line of Onslow), Vicar of Bishop’s Castle (1790) & of Alderton, both in Shropshire. Husband of Martha Gardner Humphreys.

Father of the Rev. Edward John Wingfield and of Surgeon Charles Wingfield of Dinthill (Shropshire) and of Oxford (sometime Chief Surgeon in Calcutta Hospital, India, after whom the Wingfield Hospital, Oxford was named – now called the Nuffield Hospital). In the cover of my copy – and see also pp. 32-33 – of Bishop’s Castle (Shopshire) Urban Register of Baptisms and Burials for 1760-1790 – is the following story:

“A friend had called on John Wingfield, who was curate here and not finding him at home, wrote the following lines and stuck them on the knocker of the door—

“The Bishop I find had a castle behind
but the Bishop and Castle are flown.
For the Bishop, God wot
Could not dwell in spot
Which Satan had marked for his own.
Then fly Wingfield fly, ere the wrath from on high
This damnable place has o’er taken.
What Curate of Grace
Would dwell in a place
By God and the Bishop forsaken?”

1790s-1830.  Rev. Thomas Wingfield, Rector of Tickencote, Rector of Bulwick (Northamptonshire), Rector of Finmore and Seaton (both 1811), Rector of Teigh and Rector of Stapleford (Leicestershire; both 1815).  He was the husband of (i) Maria Torkington (d. 1799); (ii)Elizabeth Denshire (d. 1807).  His daughter Maria’s son was Rev Wingfield Douglas of Calcutta, India.

1789-1851. Rev. Charles Wingfield (Onslow Line, 1770-97). Rector of Preston Montford (Shropshire). Married Letitia Jenkins.

1795-1836. Rev. Canon Rowland Wingfield, built Rhysnant Hall, County Montgomery, Wales, (1775-1851), grandfather of Walter Clopton Wingfield, the founder and patentee of Lawn tennis in 1874); held Yockleton and Westbury Manors; Rector of Ruabon (Shropshire) and Cano of St. Asaph from1819; married September 9, 1798 Margaret daughter of Clopton Prhys (Anne Clopton was goddaughter of Queen Anne).

Rev. John Wingfield was Perpetual Curate of Putney [now South London]. Possibly identical to one of the above.

Rev. James Wingfield, unidentified , Rector of Thurstaston near Birkenhead (Merseyside), died September 26. [Ormerod, History of Cheshire, I, 1819, Monument Werburgh Abbey (20 miles south), p.2. Not clear: the Abbey became Chester Cathedral after 1542].

Rev. Thomas Winfield [sic] in charge of the Chapel of Aughton (Lancashire); and in 1808-15 he was the vicar at Halton (Lancashire) near Lancaster. [VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY Lancashire, V, p.126 – which lists “The West Derby Hundred of Aughton – at V, iii, 299: “Small chief rent one of seven for 1s/6d for Winfield”; VIII, p.126]

1816-25.    The Honorable and Rev. Edward Wingfield (1792-1825), my 3greats grand-father was Rector & Vicar 1816-25 of Bagenallstown aka Muine Beagh, County Carlow and 1817 of Myshal, County Carlow, both in Ireland.  He was the 7th vicar of St. James, Phoenix Park, Dublin 1821-25, “the Lord Lieutenant’s Church”. He lived at Myshall. See Bagenallstown sub Ireland above and FRANCE, Strasbourg Cathedral.

1820s-80.  The Hon. & Rev. William Wingfield, Rector of Abbeyleix, Queen’s County, Ireland, half-brother of the above. [1799-1880,  “Old Uncle William”, Powerscourt Line].

1820s-1830. Rev. Edward John Wingfield (1802-dsp 1830 in Oxford).  Son of Rev. John Wingfield above and brother of Surgeon Charles Wingfield (for whom Wingfield Hospital, Headington, Oxford – now the Nuffield Hospital – was named).

1830-56. Rev. Edward Oldfield Wingfield, M.A.1830-35: Rector of Tickencote; 1834-56: Rector of Market Overton.

1832-1897. Rev. Charles Wingfield (“Charlie”), B.A., 1859-1897. Husband of Mary C. Blake;1856-Undermaster at Westminster School;  1859-1871 Chaplain;  Reserve Fellow and Tutor of all Souls Oxford, 1859;  Rector of Welwyn (Herts) then Rural Dean; Honorary Canon of St. Alban’s 1877.  Son of Johnny VIII and Harriet Wingfield nee Lee; brother of Rev. Harry Lancelot Lee Wingfield. UPTON/TICKENCOTE LINE.

1834–1872.  Rev. George Wingfield (1808-1876) Rector of Tickencote (Rutland) and of Glatton-cum-Holme (Huntingdonshire) until 1858.  Brother of General Charles Wingfield and brother-in-law of Harriet Wingfield nee Lee.  Married (i) Sophia  Wasey; (ii)  Persis Standley.  He was a brilliant horseman, but not a fit man.

1839-1913. Rev. William Wriothesley Wingfield was vicar of Gulval aka Gulvil, Cornwall – 74 years: a record.  [Wingfield Digby Line].  Born 1814, he was the eldest son of Judge (1819) William Wingfield of Bloomsbury Square, London WC (M.P. for Bodmin, Cornwall, 1806 and 1813, who married (i) The Sherborne Castle heiress, Lady Charlotte Digby in 1796), and (ii) Frances Wingfield nee Fortescue of St. George’s Hanover Square, London. He moved TO Cornwall for his health. His stepbrother was George Digby Wingfield Digby (who inherited Sherborne Castle, Dorset in 1856), and his son was William Wriothesley Mills Wingfield (1841-1900).

1843-74. Rev. William Frederick Wingfield (1814-74, son of John Wingfield, DD, above), Assistant Curate at St.Peter’s, Isle of Thanet, Kent; Curate of St. Mark’s, North Audley Street, London, 1843, entered the Roman Catholic Church 1845, MD (Pisa), married Charlotte Nicholls of Hyde Park Street, London, 1844.

1855-1891. Rev. Harry Lancelot Lee Wingfield, (Tickencote Line), 1855-56: Minor Canon of Rochester; of 11, Grange Park, Ealing, London (1899), Vicar of Market Overton (Rutland), Rector of Tickencote,  Curate of Stroud, husband of Sophia Shaw of Walcot, Bath, Minor Canon of Rochester 1855-1856;  1857-91: Rector of Market Overton; 1879-91: Rural Dean. Owned 213 acres of Stamford.  Large, jolly, bearded.  Picture in Market Overton Vestry.

1856-1929. Rev. Richard Winkfield (1837-1929) was appointed Headmaster of King’s School, Ely in 1870. –See LINKS, I, #11.1].

Rev. William Wingfield (Onslow Line), Vicar of Leighton (Shropshire). Married Selina Hill.

1886-1954. Rev. Frederick Wyldbore Wingfield Digby (1866-1954), Vicar of  Coleshill, Warwickshire. Married (1) Mary Digby & (2) Catherine Pry.

1890s. Father Henry James Colsell Wingfield III and Rev Frank James Robert Wingfield (brothers). In 1830 – Henry Wingfield III’s grandfather, Henry Colsell Wingfield I founded The Wingfield Sculls, the famous rowing race, still extant, “to be rowed on August 10th – his birthday – for ever”). Henry Wingfield III’s father, Henry G.E. Wingfield II married Finetta Bertioli, (born 1811, living in 1811 at St. Mary in the Castle at Hastings in Sussex, died 1891); and they had three children: Jane (born 1859 at Clifton, Bristol), Frank James Robert (born September 1862 at Kensington, a Cambridge graduate, later ordained and living with his eldest brother at Knowle, Bristol), and their eldest, Henry de Colsell Wingfield III. In 1891 he was appointed Vicar of the Holy Trinity Church (Church of England) at Knowle, Bristol (where he – “Father Henry” – is shown, 2nd from right), a post he held until he died of heart trouble in 1913. A monument to him was built in the church tower (see picture). In 1893 this third Henry Wingfield (born Keynsham, Bristol 1861) was living in 1871 at Marylebone, London and held land at (or lived at) Bovey Tracey, near Exeter, 80 miles to the southwest.

1909-1927.    The Rev. Lieutenant-Colonel William Wingfield, DSO (Distinguished Service Order,1917, Powerscourt Line, 1867-1927), grandfather of Richard Wingfield, WFS. 1909-11: Junior Curate of Wigan and Southport (Lancashire) and Curate of St.Paul’s Portman Square, London 1910-17: Army chaplain.

1936. The Very Rev. Richard Shuttleworth Wingfield Digby, Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, 1960.

1936.  Rev. Stephen Basil Wingfield Digby, b. 1910. Vicar of Sherborne.


John Henry Ducachet Wingfield (September 24, 1833 – July 27, 1898) was the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, serving in that capacity from 1874 to 1898. He was consecrated as missionary bishop of Northern California on December 2, 1874, but remained in charge of his parish in Petersburg, Virginia until April, 1875.

The crew of the C. S. S. Virginia (the ironclad Merrimac) was blessed at this altar and the acting priest, The Rev. John Wingfield, blessed the ship before it went to the first battle of ironclads. Fr. Wingfield’s refusal to pray for the President of the United States resulted in his being forced to sweep the streets in Norfolk with a ball and chain on his leg (he later became the first Bishop of Northern California).

The distinguished divine and educator, Bishop Wingfield, is the son of John H. Wingfield, D. D., of Virginia, who was Rector for fifty years of Trinity Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. He has the honor of being the first Bishop of Northern California, having been consecrated in 1874, when he removed to California. His eminent ability as a minister and educator has given him a wide reputation, extending to Europe.

Liberal offers have been made to him in the East, which have been declined, preferring to enjoy our climate and pleasant associations surrounding the college of St. Augustine at Benicia, where he has labored so long and where the young ladies of our best families have been educated while he held the responsible and honorable position of President. He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, September 24, 1833; graduated from St. Timothy’s College, Maryland, 1850, and from the College of William and Mary, Virginia, 1853.

After graduating from St. Timothy’s he became a tutor in that institution, and after graduating from William and Mary he returned to St. Timothy’s and taught there for one year. Removed to New York in 1854, where he became a Professor in the Churchill Military Academy at Sing Sing. In 1855 he entered the Theological Seminary at Alexandria, Virginia.

In 1856 he became the Principal of “The Ashley Institute” at Little Rock, Arkansas. He was ordained Deacon January 17, 1858, by the Right Rev. Dr. Freeman in that city, and was ordained to the Priesthood July 1, 1859, by Right Rev. Dr. Johns at the Theological Seminary near Alexandria, Virginia. He officiated for six months of his ministry as assistant in Christ Church, Little Rock, Arkansas. In July 1858, he became assistant minister in Trinity Church, Portsmouth, Virginia, of which church his father, the Rev. John H. Wingfield, D. D., was Rector for fifty years.

In 1864 he removed to Maryland, and became Rector of Christ Church, Rock Spring, Harford county. In 1866 he returned to Portsmouth, Virginia, and again became assistant to his father. In 1868 he entered upon the Rectorship of St. Paul’s Church, Petersburg, Virginia. In 1871 he founded St. Paul’s School for young ladies and became Rector and Professor. He received the Degree of Doctor in Divinity in 1869, and that of LL. D. in 1874 from his Alma Mater, the ancient College of William and Mary, Virginia. Removed to California 1874 and became Rector of Trinity Church, San Francisco. Consecrated first Bishop of Northern California in St. Paul’s Church, Petersburg, Virginia, December 2, 1874, by Right Rev. Bishops Johns of Virginia, Atkinson, North Carolina, Lay, of Easton, Pinkney, of Maryland, and Lyman (assistant), of North Carolina.

He remained in Petersburg in charge of his former Parish from the time of his consecration until April 1, 1875, and, on his removal to his Episcopal jurisdiction, he became the President of the College of St. Augustine at Benicia. In 1876 he became Rector of “St. Mary of the Pacific,” a seminary for young ladies, also located at Benicia, and Rector of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Benicia. In 1879 he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana but declined. In 1880 he received the Degree of D. C. L. from St. Augustine College.

In 1882 he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of Mississippi but declined the office. He was also elected Bishop of the Diocese of Easton (Maryland) in 1886 and declined the same. In 1887 he again declined the same position. In 1888 he received the title of F. R. G. S., having been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, England. His See City is Benicia, California, and his residence is at the College of St. Augustine, of which institution he is still the President.

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