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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE GLEBE AND ITS MANAGEMENT. It would appear that ministers had glehes before they had manses. About the period of the eighth century, there was attached to each parochial church, a portion of ground for the use of the minister. This accommodation seems to have been bestowed upon the Popish parsons in Scotland also at an early period. By the thirteenth canon of the provincial councils of the Scottish clergy, it was enacted in the thirteenth century, that there be mansionem aliquam prope ecclesiam, and under that description was comprehended not only a house, but a portion of ground. This portion of ground has long been distinguished in Scotland by the denomination of a glebe; and the term is to be found in title-deeds anterior to the Reformation. The original idea of assigning glebes to the clergy, seems to have been "to supply them, through this means, with conveniences suited to their situation, that they might be enabled, without unnecessary distraction, to attend to such ministerial occupations and literary pursuits as correspond with their character and professions." The first question which occurs is, What ministers are entitled to arable glebes? And it is answered in the law books, 1st, That every minister of a country parish is entitled to an arable glebe. 2d, That ministers of burghs or towns, who have no landward parish, have no legal right to a glebe. 3d, But that the claim of ministers of towns where there is a landward parish, seems to be admitted on all hands. Next, the questions occur, What quantity of ground does the law give, and what description of land is it? The answer to these queries is,--Four Scots acres of land for the glebe, besides half an acre for the site of the mansion and offices, and for the garden....
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