Catalogue description Committee for Plundered Ministers: Orders and Papers

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Details of SP 22
Reference: SP 22
Title: Committee for Plundered Ministers: Orders and Papers

Records of the Committee for Plundered Ministers, comprising an order book, original orders and working papers.

The series was formerly known as 'Interregnum F'.

Date: 1642-1653
Related material:

The Trustees for the Maintenance of Ministers ordered copies of minutes and orders of the committee. These copies, which sometimes supplement those preserved in SP 22, survive in BL Add. mss 15669-15671. They do not go beyond 1647, but another source (Bodleian library Ms. 322-329) covers 1645 to 1653. A manuscript calendar in tabular form and arranged alphabetically by location, compiled by Mrs M A E Green, is held by the Public Record Office in ZBOX 1/71 and 77.

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/71/1

additional finding aid ZBOX 1/77

Separated material:

Other papers of the committee can be found in:

SP 23

SP 28

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Committee for Plundered Ministers, 1642-1653

Physical description: 4 bundles and volumes
Access conditions: Available in digital format
Custodial history: The archive most probably belonged to John Phelps, registrar of the Trustees for the Maintenance of Ministers, who in 1653 took over from the Committee for Plundered Ministers its sustentation funding for the clergy.
Publication note:

A transcript of material relating to Lancashire and Cheshire has been printed inMinutes of the Committee for the Relief of Plundered Ministers and of the Trustees for the Maintenance of Ministers relating to Lancashire and Cheshire ed W A Shaw (Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, XXVIII and XXXIV, 1894-1896).

Unpublished finding aids:

See also Committee for Plundered Ministers: Orders and Papers (formerly introductory note to SP 22)

Administrative / biographical background:

The Committee for Plundered Ministers was set up by Parliament on 31 December 1642 to relieve ministers of the Church plundered by the royalists, many of whom had found refuge in London. A successor to the Committee for Scandalous Ministers, it was gradually delegated by Parliament to find vacancies for deserving ministers, particularly from sequestrated impropriations and later by investigation of malignant ministers. It was ordered to eject unsuitable incumbents, and in 1643 county committees were ordered to send the committee information to promote this.The committee also became involved in the business of augmenting the value of poor livings.

In 1650 it suffered a reduction of its powers when the Committee for reforming the Universities was required to guide the 13 trustees appointed by Parliament to see to the maintenance of ministers, but the rival committee was dissolved in 1652 and its powers transferred to this one in February 1653. In April 1653, however, the committee lapsed, leaving the Trustees supreme till 1659. The committee was briefly revived in June 1659.

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