Order of Friars Minor in Great Britain 

Ministers Provincial

Ministers Provincial

A list of all the Ministers Provincial from Agnellus of Pisa in 1224 to the present day

 

Years

Minister Provincial

Head of Province but not Minister Provincial

1224-1236

Agnellus of Pisa

 

1236-1239

Albert of Pisa

 

1239-1240

Haymo of Faversham

 

1240-1254

William of Nottingham

 

1254-1257

Peter of Tewkesbury

 

1259-1265

John of Stamford

 

1264-1272

Peter Swynesfeld

 

1272-1275

Thomas of Bungay

 

1275-1279

John Pecham

 

1279

Hugh of Bath

 

1279-1285

Robert Cross

 

1285-1292

William of Gainsborough

 

1292-1298

Roger of Marston

 

1298-1302

Hugh of Hartlepool

 

1304-1309

Adam of Lincoln

 

1310-1316

Richard Conington
[1]

 

1316-1322?

William of Nottingham

 

 

Roger of Denemed

 

 

John Rodington

 

 

John Went

 

 

William Titchmarsh

 

 

Roger Conway

 

 

Simon Tunsted

 

 

Robert of Wyset

 

 

John Mardesley

 

1380?-1392?

Thomas Kingsbury

 

 

John Tissington

 

1395

Nicholas Fakenham

 

1402-1405, 1406-1407

John Souche

 

1407?-1414

William Butler

 

1414

Vincent Boys

 

1414-1420

Peter Russell

 

1420

Robert Wellis

 

1420-1427?

John David

 

1427?-1430

Roger Donway

 

1431?-1437?

Richard Leke

 

1438-1450, 1458-1465

Thomas Radnor

 

 

1450-1458, 1465?-1487

William Goddard

 

 

 

?

 

 

 

Laurence Scott: 3 years between 1499-1507[2](Observant Vicar Provincial)

 

 

Stephen Baron: c.1507 [3] (Observant Vicar Provincial)

 

 

Bonaventure Langley: c.1513 [4] (Observant Vicar Provincial)

 

 

John Persival

 

 

 

?

 

1515-1517

Henry Standish

1517-1518 Henry Standish (Conventual Master Provincial)

c.1523

William of N:[5]

 

 

 

1518-1526 Richard Brinkley (Conventual Master Provincial)

1526-1529

John Forest?

 

1529-1532

William Peto

 

1532-1534

Francis Faber [6]

 

 

 

1531-1538 William Cale (Conventual Master Provincial)[7]

1553-1558

 

Stephen Fox (Guardian of Greenwich)[8]

 

 

 

1592?-1598

 

John (Buckley) Jones[9]

1601-1618

 

William Stanney (Commissary General for England)[10]

1618-1624

 

John Gennings (Vicar of England) [11]

Bonaventure Jackson (Preses of Douai) [12]

1624-1625

 

John Gennings (Vicar of England) Christopher (Francis) Davenport (Guardian of Douai) [13]

1625-1630

 

John Gennings (Custos)

1630-1637

John Gennings

 

1637-1640

Christopher Davenport

 

1640-1643

George Perrot

 

1643-1647

John Gennings

 

1647-1650

Jerome Pickford

 

1650-1653

Christopher Davenport

 

1653-1656

Daniel Yates

 

1656-1659

George Perrot

 

1659-1662

Richard Mason

 

1662-1665

Nicholas Cross

 

1665-1668

Christopher Davenport

 

1668-1671

Daniel Clay

 

1671-1674

Nicholas Cross

 

1674-1677

John Cross

 

1677-1680

Daniel Clay

 

1680-1683

Nicholas Cross

 

1683-1686

Gervase Cartwright

 

1686-1689

John Cross

 

1689-1691

Nicholas Cross

 

1691-1695

Massey Massy

 

1695-1698

Pacificus Price

 

1698-1699

Anthony le Grand

 

1699-1701

Massey Massy

 

1701-1704

Bonaventure Parry

 

1704-1707

Pacificus Price

 

1707-1710

Martin Grimstone

 

1710-1713

Angelus Fortescue

 

1713-1716

Anthony Parkinson

 

1716-1719

Bernardine Smith

 

1719-1722

William Baskerville

 

1722-1725

Anthony Parkinson

 

1725-1728

Philip Sadler

 

1728-1731

Joseph Pulton

 

1731-1732

John Eyston

 

1732-1733

Philip Sadler

 

1733-1734

Bruno Cantrill

 

1734-1737

Bruno Cantrill

 

1737-1740

Joseph Pulton

 

1740-1743

Thomas Holmes

 

1743-1746

Bruno Cantrill

 

1746-1748

Joseph Pulton

 

1748-1752

Thomas Holmes

 

1752-1755

Alexius Smallwood

 

1755-1758

Felix Englefield

 

1758-1761

Thomas Holmes

 

1761-1764

Pacificus Baker

 

1764-1767

Philip André

 

1767-1770

George Ingram

 

1770-1773

Pacificus Baker

 

1773-1776

Bonaventure Healy

 

1776-1779

Joseph Needham

 

1779-1782

Romanes Chapman

 

1782-1785

James Frost

 

1785-1788

Pacificus Nutt

 

1788-1791

Romanes Chapman

 

1791-1794

William Pilling

 

1794-1799

Pacificus Nutt

 

1799-1803

William Knight

 

1803-1806

James Howse

 

1806-1807

Peter Collingridge

 

1807-1812

Thomas Grafton

 

1812-1815

James Hawley

 

1815-1818

Charles Macdonnell

 

1818-1820

William Roberts

 

1820-1824

Charles Macdonnell

 

1824-1827

Edward (Ignatius) Richards

 

1827-1833

Charles Macdonnell

 

1833-1838

Thomas (Stephen) Grafton

 

1838 (minus canonice)

Francis (Leo) Edgeworth [14]

 

1839

 

Francis Hendren (Commissary) [15]

1841

 

Bishop Brown (Visitator apostolic of the English Recollects) [16]

 

 

 

1872-1876

 

Commissary: Anselm Knapen

1876-1889

 

Commissary: Polycarp Vervoort

1889-1891

 

Custos: David Fleming

1891-1893

David Fleming

 

1893-1896

Polycarp Vervoort

 

1896-1902

Alfred McClaughlin

 

1902-1905

Osmund Cooney

 

1905-1908

David Fleming

 

1908-1911

Osmund Cooney

 

1911-1915

Peter Hickey

 

1915-1918

Fidelis Condon

 

1918-1921

George Payne

 

1921-1924

Anselm Keane

 

1924-1930

Herbert Doyle

 

1930-1933

Louis Coffey [17]

 

1933-1936

Sylvester Nash

 

1936-1939

Laurence Powell

 

1939-1942

Dominic Devas

 

1942-1951

Paulinus Lavery

 

1951-1960

Justin McLoughlin

 

1960-1966

Charles Murphy

 

1966-1969

Roderick O’Hagan

 

1969-1975

Urban Judge

 

1975-1984

Noel O’Dwyer

 

1984-1988

Luke Faupel

 

1988-1990

Ignatius Kelly

 

1990-1996

Quentin Jackson

 

1996-2005

Austin Linus McCormack

 

2005-2014

Michael Copps

 At the conclusion of his term of office in 2014 the Province, due to lack of numbers, was granted the status of a Custody dependent on the Povince of Ireland.

2014 -

Patrick Lonsdale


Footnotes

[1]  Dates and names up to here taken from F.J. Mapelli L'Amministrazione Francescana di Inghilterra e Francia . Roma: Antonianum, 2003. 297-322.

[2]   [FPLD 206] = Franciscan Papers, Lists and Documents by A.G. Little Manchester 1943.

[3]   [FPLD 207].

[4]   [FPLD 207].

[5]   [FPLD 207].

[6]   [FPLD 207].

[7]   The Ministers Provincial from 1316 to 1517 and the Conventual Masters Provincial from 1517 to 1539 come from records kept by the London Greyfriars and reproduced in: Kingsford, The Grey Friars of London , 178-201

[8]   G. Oliver. Collections, Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester. In Two Parts, Historical and Biographical. With Notices of the Dominican, Benedictine, & Franciscan Orders in England. London: Dolman, 1857. 640.

[9]   John Jones had the seal of the Province, giving him authority. He was on the mission in England from 1593 onwards and so probably received the seal before then but after 1587 when, as a secular priest he had been imprisoned in Wisbech Castle. and handed it to William Stanney before he died in 1598, but it is not clear under what title he operated. Cf. Thaddeus, 19.

[10] Thaddeus, The Franciscans in England 1650-1850 , 27.

[11] Ibid. 329

[12] Thaddeus, The Franciscans in England 1650-1850 , 34-5.

[13] Ibid. 36.

[14] The list of Minister Provincial from John Gennings to Francis Edgeworth is drawn from: “Brief Notice of Some Writers of English Franciscan Province since the Era of the Reformation” in: G. Oliver. Collections, Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester. In Two Parts, Historical and Biographical. With Notices of the Dominican, Benedictine, & Franciscan Orders in England . London: Dolman, 1857. 566-72.

     A similar list may be found in Thaddeus, 329-330.

[15] Thaddeus, 330.

[16] Thaddeus, 330

[17] The list of Ministers Provincial from 1930 onwards is drawn from the Catalogus of the Province as typed out by Br. Ninian Arbuckle, OFM the Provincial archivist.

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