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also known as Ambrose REPYNGDON

also known as Ambrose REPINGDON

also known as Ambrose REPPYNGTON

also known as Ambrose REPYNDON

also known as Ambrose REPYNGTON

also known as Ambrose REPYNGTON

about 1437 - before Oct 1481

Life History

about 1437

Born in Coventry & Lichfield diocese

15th Mar 1459

Educated Admitted to Cambridge University

22nd Dec 1459

Religion Tonsured and Ordained Acolite

5th Apr 1463

Educated Admitted to Batchelor of Theology

between 1469 and 1470

Educated Bachelor of Divinity

between 1469 and 1470

Misc in Rector / Proctor of the University of Cambridge.1

after 11th Mar 1473

Religion Warden of chantry in St. John Baptist chapel next St. Mary Aldermary, London

18th Oct 1474

Religion Admitted as Vicar of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire


Religion Admitted as Rector of St. Michael, Horton, Buckinghamshire / Berkshire

Apr 1478

Religion Vacating Vicar of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

Oct 1478

Religion Vacating Rector of St. Michael, Horton, Buckinghamshire / Berkshire

before Oct 1481



  • Rectors of the Parish Church of St Michael, Horton
    In 1847 George Lipscomb in his "The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham" listed the following Rectors for Horton:
    1477 Ambrose Repyngton
    1469            Repyngton, Ambrose     Junior
    Ambrose, Repingdon, Reppyngton, Repyndon, Repyngton, Rippington, Ambrose
    /Updated from Venn I/
    Coventry & Lichfield diocese
    Questionist, admitted 15 Mar. 1459; Inc.A., admitted 5 Apr. 1463; grace
    concerning proceeding B.Th. grace 1469-70
    [/CU Grace Book/ Alpha, 17, 35, 78].
    Junior Proctor of the University 1469-70
    [/ibid./ [Alpha, 74-83; CUA, CUR. 1.2.40].
    See also /CU Grace Book/ Alpha, 75, 81.
    1st tonsured and ordained acolite 22 Dec. 1459
    [Register William Gray, Ely, fo. 207v].
    Warden of chantry in St John Baptist chapel next St Mary Aldermary,
    London, admitted 11 Mar. 1473; till death
    [/Reg. Bourgchier, Cant./ (CYS), 312, 349; /CPR 1467-77/, pp. 369, 395;
    /1476-85/, p. 246];
    vicar of Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, admitted 18 Oct. 1474; vacant
    Apr. 1478
    [Reg. Rotherham, Lincolnshire. xxi, fos 97v, 101; Lipscomb, iv. 562];
    rector of Horton, Buckinghamshire, admitted 1477; vacant Oct. 1478
    [Reg. Rotherham, fos 100, 101v; Lipscomb, iv. 511].
    Died by Oct. 1481.
    Questionist - an undergraduate, in the last term before taking his BA; one about to determine.
    Grace - a proposal put to the vote in the Regent (and/or Non-Regent) House; until 1943 graces that had been approved were recorded in the series of Grace Books.
    B.Th. Batchelor of Theology.
    CUA - Cambridge University Admissions.
    Tonsured - the traditional practice of Christian churches of cutting or shaving the hair from the scalp (while leaving some parts uncut) of clerics.
    Acolite - in many Christian denominations, an acolyte is anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles. In other Christian Churches, the term is more specifically used for one who wishes to attain clergyhood.
    William Gray - Bishop of Ely, who died in 1478.
    Thome Bourgchier - Cantuariensis Archiepiscopi (Archbishop of Canterbury), 1454-1486.
    CYS - Canterbury and York Society.
    Thomas Rotherham - Bishop of Lincoln 1472-1480 (Philip Repyngdon had this role 1404-1419).
  • Details supplied by Jacqueline Cox
    Cambridge University Archives
    In the Middle Ages, students tended to be younger commencing their studies, maybe fifteen or sixteen years old. However, the studies for the Bachelor of Theology were longer in duration than those followed for the Bachelor of Arts, possibly lasting ten years. Repyngton may have been in his mid to late 20s by the time he received his degree.
    Background information on student life in the Middle Ages is in the first volume of the University's published history:
    /A history of the University of Cambridge/ [general editor Christopher Brooke] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988-2004):
    (v. 1) /The University to 1546/ by Damian Riehl Leader
    (v. 2) /1546-1750/ by Victor Morgan; with a contribution by Christopher Brooke
    (v. 3) /1750-1870/ by Peter Searby
    (v. 4) /1870-1990/ by Christopher N.L. Brooke.

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