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Author Topic: Griffin Higgs rector of St Helens  (Read 1555 times)

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Griffin Higgs rector of St Helens
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 12:05:24 »
Griffin Higgs b1589 was an unusual man who is largley forgotten but what a character,  he was given the living by Archbishop Abbot after being educated at Merton College Oxford.He had a curate and possibly only visited Cliffe once on his way to the Netherlands in June 1603 when he stopped at Gravesend. He was the Chaplian of Elizabeth of Bohemia(the Winter Queen) and daughter of James 1. She was the target of Guy Fawkes who intended to return the country to Catholic Rule and put her on the throne. Although unsuccesful her daughter Sophia  married Ernust of Hanover and from that marriage all the monarchs from George 1 are desended. He had his living taken away by Oliver Cromwell in 1645, retired to South Stoke and died a wealthy man.  This is part of the Cliffe History Project a work being undertaken to record the social history of a rural village through its past residents and relating to industrialisation, defence and the works of Dickens.


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