Thomas Dugard

Rector of Barford 1648-1683


Thomas Dugard was rector of Barford from 1648 until his death

He was a schoolmaster at Warwick before obtaining his position at Barford. A dedicated protestant, he was no doubt part of the group of men of ‘puritan’ persuasion at Warwick in the years leading up to the Great Rebellion, a period of 11 years where Charles I ruled without parliament – the so-called ‘Personal Rule’. This group was centred at Warwick because of the sympathies of Lord Brooke with their cause, a tradition that had earlier brought Thomas Cartwright, ‘the father of Puritanism’, to Warwick as Master of the Leycester Hospital. Thomas Hall, vicar of St. Mary’s, Warwick from 1594 until his death in 1639, was typical of this group. Dugard received a ‘commentary of the Psalmes’ and was present as a witness to Hall’s will in 1639.

(Hall, I believe, may be the copyist of the ‘poem’ attributed to John Hall, Shakespeare’s son-in-law, held by UCL. He was also a kinsman of Ursula Collins, who was probably the sister of Francis Collins, Shakespeare’s lawyer and the man who drafted his much discussed will).

Personal communication John Taplin


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