Thomas Sleeman

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Thomas Sleeman (1813-1896) was Archdeacon of Gibraltar from 1864 to [1] 1869.

Sleeman was ordained in 1850. [2] He was the Incumbent at St Andrew, South Tawton [3] before his time as Archdeacon; [4] and Chaplain at Darmstadt afterwards. [5] He died on 9 November 1896. [6]

In English ecclesiastical law, the term incumbent refers to the holder of a Church of England parochial charge or benefice. The term "benefice" originally denoted a grant of land for life in return for services. In church law, the duties were spiritual ("spiritualities") and some form of assets to generate revenue were permanently linked to the duties to ensure the support of the office holder. Historically, once in possession of the benefice, the holder had lifelong tenure unless he failed to provide the required minimum of spiritual services or committed a moral offence. With the passing of the Pastoral Measure 1968 and subsequent legislation, this no longer applies, and many ancient benefices have been joined together into a single new one.

South Tawton Village in Devon, England

South Tawton is a village, parish and former manor on the north edge of Dartmoor, Devon, England. An electoral ward bearing the same name exists. At the 2011 census the population was 1,683.

An archdeacon is a senior clergy position in the Syriac Orthodox Church, Church of the East, Chaldean Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, St Thomas Christians, Eastern Orthodox churches and some other Christian denominations, above that of most clergy and below a bishop. In the High Middle Ages it was the most senior diocesan position below a bishop in the Catholic Church. An archdeacon is often responsible for administration within an archdeaconry, which is the principal subdivision of the diocese. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church has defined an archdeacon as "A cleric having a defined administrative authority delegated to him by the bishop in the whole or part of the diocese." The office has often been described metaphorically as that of oculus episcopi, the "bishop's eye".

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  1. National Archives
  2. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1868 p604: London, Horace Cox, 1868
  3. DIOCESAN The Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, and General Advertiser (Truro, England), Friday, October 26, 1860; pg. 4; Issue 2992
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  5. ECCLESIASTICAL INTELLIGENCE Hampshire Advertiser (Southampton, England), Saturday, September 17, 1870; pg. 7; Issue 2532
  6. OBITUARY The Standard (London, England), Tuesday, November 10, 1896; pg. 6; Issue 22578