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Rev. William LAIDMAN

Rev. William LAIDMAN

Male - 1782

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  • Name William LAIDMAN 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jun 1782  Warden, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 Jun 1782  Warden, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2546  Our Family History
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2011 

    Father Rev. John LAIDMAN,   b. 1680, Whickham, DUR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1745, Whalton, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Christian MITFORD,   b. Abt 1680,   d. Sep 1743  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 1707  Stannington, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The rector of Stannington in 1707 was John Teasdale
    Photos
    Whalton Church April 1988
    Whalton Church April 1988
    Woodhorn Church April 1998
    Woodhorn Church April 1998
    where Henry was baptised in 1771.
    Stannington Church, April 1998
    Stannington Church, April 1998
    Family ID F1855  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary RHODES,   b. Abt 1723,   d. 12 Apr 1795, Bradford, YKS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1758  Leeds, YKS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St Peter
    Notes 
    • Parish Register, St Peter, Leeds, marriages 1758
      WYAS, LEEDS, ref. P68/4/1
      [Page] 221
      No 152
      William Laidman Vicar of the Parish of Calverley
      and Mary Rhodes of this
      Parish were
      Married in this Church by Licence fm Chrisham[?] Surrogate
      this twenty fifth Day of September in the Year One Thousand Seven
      Hundred and fifty eight by me Chrisham[?] Vicar
      This Marriage was solemnized between Us: William Laidman / Mary Laidman
      In the Presence of James Towers
      Eliz Towers
    Children 
     1. Thomas LAIDMAN,   d. 1759, Morpeth, NBL Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F1856  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Sep 1758 - Leeds, YKS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jun 1782 - Warden, NBL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 25 Jun 1782 - Warden, NBL Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Laidman, monument in Warden Church, 1998
    William Laidman, monument in Warden Church, 1998
    in the church of Warden, Northumberland. The inscription reads:
    Near this place
    lies interred the Remains of the
    Reverend William Laidman M.A.
    24 years Vicar of this Parish
    Assiduous in the Duties of
    his Sacred Function,
    And exemplary in his Life
    He died respected the 22nd
    June 1782. Aged 73 Years
    Woodhorn Church April 1998
    Woodhorn Church in April 1998
    where William was baptised in 1710.
    Hartburn Church April in 1998.
    Hartburn Church April in 1998.
    William was appointed curate here in 1735.
    Hartburn, Vicarage, 1998
    Hartburn, Vicarage, 1998
    which William must have known well as curate under the vicar, Laton Eden.
    Warden Church, 1998
    Warden Church, 1998
    where William was vicar from 1758 up to his death in 1782.
    The signature of the Revd. William Laidman in 1781
    The signature of the Revd. William Laidman in 1781
    one year before his death (taken from his Will).

    Documents
    The Estate of the Revd William Laidman
    The Estate of the Revd William Laidman

  • Notes 
    • The University of Durham has, among the Durham Diocesan Records, the ordination papers for William Laidman, deacon 1734 and priest 1736.

      He was educated at Sedbergh (under Dr Samuel Saunders, 1709-1741, son-in-law of a previous headmaster, Posthumus Wharton 1674-1706)) and went to St. John's College, Cambridge on 8 June 1730 aged 19, where his tutor was Mr Williams. He matriculated in 1730, became a BA in 1733/4 and an MA in 1750. He was ordained a deacon in 1734 and a priest in August 1736, by the Bishop of Durham. He was appointed curate of Whalton on 25 August 1735 and curate of Hartburn on 30 August 1735-6 (see below). He was curate of Bellingham Chapel in the Parish of Simonburn from 1740 to 1747 (“Will. Laidman 1740.--Cuth. Wilson 1748.”) He was vicar of Calverley, Leeds, Yorkshire from May 6 1747 to 1758 and vicar of Warden, on the presentation of Walter Blackett of Wallington, from from 16 November 1758 until his death in 1782. “Will. Laidman, A.M. oc. 19 Aug. 1762” “The heir of Sir Walter Blackett” was patron of Warden.

      A letter from John Laidman, Rector of Whalton (William Laidman's father) "to the Rt. Revd. the Lord Bishop of Durham" reads:
      "My Lord.
      If your Lordship will be pleas'd to admit William Laidman my present Curate to ye Order of a Priest.- I John Laidman Rector of Whalton in your Lordship's Diocese do promise to continue him as my Curate in the said Parish, and to allow him the yearly salary of thirty pounds for serving the Cure.
      In testimony whereof I have set my hand & Seal this twenty fifth day of August one thousand seven hundred and thirty five.
      (signed) John Laidman
      Rector of Whalton"

      Another letter to the same reads:

      "My Lord-
      If your Lordship will be pleas'd to admit the Revd. William Laidman to the order of a Priest.- I Laton Eden Vicar of Hartburn in your Lordship's diocese do promise to employ him as my Curate in the said Parish, and to allow him ye yearly salary of thirty pounds for serving ye Cure.
      In testimony whereof I have set my hand & Seal this thirtieth day of August,-one thousand, seven hundred & thirty five.
      (signed) Laton Eden" (Laton Eden was vicar of Hartburn 1685-1735. He is buried in the chancel of Hartburn Church, and there is a commemorative plaque).

      Hartburn is now a very endearing, peaceful village with old stone houses sheltered by trees, and a grand vicarage. It was here that John Hodgson, the great Northumbrian local historian lived when he was vicar of Hartburn, and in which he wrote part of his monumental History of Northumberland. The 12C church of St. Andrew is typical of Northumberland churches with a squat square tower. There are beautiful 18C graves in the churchyard with the skull and crossbone theme, or crossed spades.

      One of the Latin documents, dated 19th September 1734, included in William Laidman’s ordination papers is a certificate as to his probity, his faith, a witness to his good character and his aptitude to be ordained a deacon of the C. of E. One of the signatories to this is Marcus Hall, curate of Stannington - the marriage place of William’s father John with Christian Mitford in 1707. The rector of Stannington in 1734 was Cuthbert Ellison.

      The Latin documents of 25th August 1735 and 20th August 1736 addressed to the Lord Bishop Edward Dunelmen [?: Lat: Dunelmensi] and recommending a priesthood for William, are of a similar nature - a sort of character reference. Among the signatories of these two documents is John Laidman, Rector of Whalton, William’s father [note: the bishop of Durham was then Joseph Butler, who in 1736 defended Christianity against Deism in his "Analogy of Religion"].

      "Memorials of Calverley Church and its Forty One Vicars" by Rev. Henry Stapleton mentions William and notes his incumbency during the time Sir Walter Blackett took an interest in the improvement of the Choir: "A much-worn Choir book has been preserved, with the following inscription written in the first page, in the handwriting of Rev. William Laidman, who was Vicar 1747-1759: "This book was the gift of Sir Walter Calverley, Baronet, for the use of the singers belonging to the Parish Church of Calverley. He gave eight of these books in all." They must have been purchased at considerable cost, for they included a musical introduction, Pslam tunes, Chanting tunes for the Canticles, and fourteen Anthems."

      A bibliographical index lists William as: Laidman (male). Title: Reverend. Office: Vicar of Calverley. Address: Yorkshire. Date: 1753. Occupation: clerical. Subscribed to The Family Expositor; or, a paraphrase and version of the New Testament (Vol. 4; second edn.), 1753, DODDRIDGE, Philip. London. The same source lists him as having Subscribed to Sermons (Vol. 1), 1757, CONYBEARE, John. London. and in 1771, he Subscribed to The accomptant’s oracle, 1771, THOMPSON, Wardhaugh. Whitehaven.

      The Archdeaconry of Northumberland Return of Papists 1767 lists under the Parish of Warden cum Haydon with Newbrough (under the diocese of Durham) "William Laidman, vicar": he was responsible for listing the Catholics in his parish. The Warden Parish Register 1695-1987 lists some marriages performed by William Laidman in 1763 (John Leadbitter and Mary Dun, witnesses Nicholas Leadbetter and Mary Laidman), 1764 (Wm. Ord and Mary Gibson, witnesses Thos Gibson, Mary Laidman, Jasper Gibson and John Bell), 1761 (John Whitelock and Mary Drydon, witness Mary Laidman - William's wife). Also recorded is the burial: June 25 1782 LAIDMAN Rev. Mr. Vicar of Warden.

      Warden lies near Hexham, a very ancient town founded in 673, about 30 miles west of Newcastle up the Tyne valley. Traditionally the site of an oratory of St. John of Beverley founded in about 700 AD, it is very small and only appears on fairly large-scale maps. A wonderfully little sleepy hamlet of only a few scattered houses, it nestles amongst fine trees near the grassy banks of the Tyne under small hills, undisturbed by traffic, giving one the feeling of being in another age. The church of Warden, St. Michael, has an interesting, tall, pre-Norman west tower, possibly partly made of reused Roman blocks. The transepts are remarkably long. Inside, I discovered, to my great joy, a splendid painted stone monument on the end wall of the north transept commemorating William Laidman. The text reads:

      Near this place
      lies interred the Remains of the
      Reverend William Laidman M.A.
      24 years Vicar of this Parish
      Assiduous in the Duties of
      his Sacred Function,
      And exemplary in his Life
      He died respected the 22nd
      June 1782. Aged 73 Years

      The memorial stone is surmounted by a hooded face, and there is a skull and crossbones at the base.

      Furthermore, embedded in the pre-Norman wall of the west tower is a square stone plaque engraved with the following inscription:

      THIS CHURCH
      was rebuilt Ano Di 1765
      Wm Laidman A.M. Vicar
      Jno Errington Esqr
      Cvth. Lambert
      Churchwardens

      The guide books indeed confirm that the chancel (not the whole church, as the inscription would have it) of Warden Church was rebuilt in 1765 by the exertions of Sir Walter Blackett of Wallington (see below) the patron of the living, and William must have organised this. William is also attributed with the demolition of an old building at the west end of the Vicarage traditionally known as St. John of Beverley’s residence. This was - according to Bede - the prior of Hexham 685-704, and he is said to have had an oratory, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels (as is Warden Church), near the Tyne, about 1 1/2 miles from Hexham.

      William is also mentioned (though his name is spelled ‘Lardman’) on a plaque in the church listing all the vicars of Warden, and à propos the rebuilding, and the tradition that St John of Beverley had his hermitage there, Hodgson writes: “... I can find neither trace nor tradition, with the exception of a local account at Wardon, that “an old building existed at the west end of the vicarage, up to the time of Vicar Laidman, who pulled it down and built a kitchen with the materials”. (Rev. John Hodgson: A History of Northumberland, Newcastle 1840, part II., vol. III., p. 491

      William’s influence was more than parochial however: in 1769 he was a co-defendant in an affair involving the re-allotment of pews in Alston, Cumberland:
      DDR/EJ/CCD/3/1770/15
      Ricardson v commissioners for allotting pews (et al.)
      1770 1769, 1770 (date of document(s))
      1 folder, 8 ff.
      promoter: Christopher Ricardson of Alston, Cumberland, esq
      defendants: commissioners for allotting pews in Alston church: Robert Wardale, cleric, Thomas Rotherham, cleric, John Westgarth, esq, Joseph Railton, cleric, Thomas Hudson, cleric and William Laidman, cleric
      re-allotment of pews in Alston, Cumberland
      proctor: Salkeld Hutchinson - prosecuting
      Individual documents: allegation, note, petitions (1769)
      Previously referenced 55
      See also DDR/EJ/PRC/2/1769/9: Ricardson v commissioners to allot pews, 1769-1777 (date of cause)
      From: Durham University Library Archives & Special Collections: Consistory Court cause papers
      http://flambard.dur.ac.uk:80/dynaweb/handlist/ddr/ddrcause/@Generic__BookTextView/15810;pt=15778

      His death was recorded in the Newcastle Courant of 29 June 1782 (index page 643): Died. Saturday, the Revd. Mr Laidman Vicar of Warden, near Hexham, greatly respected by his parishioners.

      The Diary of Nicholas Brown, attorney in Alnwick and coroner for Northumberland (1722-1797) mentions: 1782. June 25. Died, Rev. Mr. William Laidman, vicar of Wardon, aged 72, with a good character. (footnote: Mr. William Laidman was Vicar of Wardon from 1758 to 1782, and was buried there.)

      Will of the Revd William Laidman [L1010] dated 27 November 1781:
      I William Laidman Master of Arts Vicar of Warden in the County of Northumberland do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner following And first I will and order that my Body shall be interred at the Discretion of my dear Wife Mary Laidman and that all my just Debts shall be paid and discharged as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease And I give and bequeath unto Middleton Teasdale of Newbrough Gentleman and John Bell of Hexham Deputy Bailiff there the sum of one Thousand Pounds of lawful money of Great Britain upon the Trusts following, that is to say, That they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors and Administrators shall put and place the same out at Interest upon good security either Real or Personal by and with the Approbation and Consent of my said Wife Mary Laidman with full Power as often as occasion shall require to call in and new-place out the same at Interest with such Approbation and Consent as aforesaid and shall pay and dispose of the Interest thereof yearly and from Time to Time as the same shall become due and be received to my said Wife Mary Laidman for and during the Term of her natural Life or otherwise do and shall permit her my said Wife to receive the same herself during the Term aforesaid And from and after her Decease shall pay unto my Nephew Walter Laidman son of my Brother Francis Laidman the sum of one Hundred Pounds (part of the said sum of one Thousand Pounds) at the End of Six Calendar Months then next after with Interest in the mean time from the Death of my said Wife at the Rate my Trustees shall receive for the same (the said Walter Laidman not being born when the late Sir Walter Blackett gave Benefactions to the other Children of my said brother Francis Laidman) But if my said Nephew shall not then have attained his said age of Twentyone years the said sum of one Hundred Pounds shall not be paid or payable till he attain that Age but he shall be paid Interest for the same from the Death of my said Wife at the Rate aforesaid till he attain his said age of Twentyone Years And upon Trust after the Death of my said Wife to pay and divide the sum of Nine Hundred Pounds (Residue of the said one Thousand Pounds) to and among all and every the Child or Children of my said brother Francis Laidman begotten or to be begotten other than his Daughter Julia Laidman, who is already sufficiently and amply provided for, if more than one Share and Share alike such Shares to belong to and be an Interest vested in them respectively upon their respective Marriages or their attaining their respective ages of Twentyone years first happening but to be payable and paid as follows, that is to say, when the same shall so vest if it be after the Death of my said dear Wife Mary Laidman But in case any of them ^have obtained or^ shall obtain a vested Interest in her Lifetime then not to be payable or paid till the End of Six Calendar Months after her Death with Interest for the same in the meantime at the Rate my Trustees shall receive for such respective Shares And upon Trust after her Death to pay the Interest of their respective Shares to their parent Tutor or Guardian to be applied for the Maintenance and Education of such Child or Children until they shall obtain such vested Interest therein Provided always that in case any of the Children of the said Francis Laidman shall happen to die before they shall obtain such vested Interest then the Share or Shares of him her or them so dying shall go and belong to the Survivors or Survivor of such Child or Children other than the said Julia Laidman equally to be divided at such Time or Times and subject to such and the like Chance and Condition of accruer respectively as the Original Share or Shares of such Child or Children shall belong to and vest in him her or them respectively Provided that in Case all the Children of the said Francis Laidman but the said Julia Laidman shall ^happen to^ die before they shall become intitled to the Provision hereby made for them then the said sum of Nine Hundred Pounds shall belong to the said Julia Laidman to be an Interest vested and to be payable and paid in like manner as the Shares of the other Children of the said Francis Laidman And my Will is and I do hereby order that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors and Administrators shall out of the Interest of the said one Thousand Pounds Trust Money pay him and themselves all such Costs Charges and Expences as they or any of them shall from Time to Time sustain or be put to in the Execution and Performance of the Trust hereby in them reposed or in any wise relating thereto And that they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors or Administrators shall not be accountable the one for the other or for the Act or Deed of the other but only for his and their own respective Act and Deed nor shall they be answerable for the Insolvency of any person or persons to whom they may lend the said one Thousand Pounds Trust Money or any part thereof for the Purposes and upon the Trusts contained in this my Will provided such Person or Persons were thought sufficient at the Time of lending the same and that the same was lent out at Interest by and with the Approbation and Consent of my said Wife Mary Laidman Also I give and bequeath to my sister Christian Laidman of Darlington for and during the Term of her natural Life the annual or Yearly Sum of Four Pounds of lawful Money of Great-Britain to be paid her by my Executrix out of my personal Estate by four equal quarterly Payments in each Year and the first payment thereof (being one pound) to be made at the End of three Calendar Months next after my Decease and so to continue to be paid at the End of every succeeding three Calendar Months then after during the Term aforesaid Also I give and bequeath to Miss Ann Rhodes Sister of my said dear Wife the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid her out of my personal Estate at the End of Twelve Calendar Months next after the Decease of my said Wife with Interest for the same in the meantime at the Rate the same shall be then let out at Interest for And as to all the Rest and Residue of my Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever not hereby otherwise disposed of subject to the payment of the said Annuity and Legacies I give and bequeath the same to my said dear Wife Mary Laidman whom I hereby appoint sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills at any Time heretofore by me made either by Word or Writing
      In witness whereof I have to two parts of this my last Will and Testament both of the same Tenor and Effect set my Hand and Seal the Twentyseventh ---- Day of November – in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty one.
      (Signed sealed published and declared by the said
      (William Laidman the Testator ^as and for his last Will and Testament^ in the presence of
      (us who at his Request and in his presence and in
      (the presence of each other have subscribed our
      (Names as Witnesses hereto------
      [signed] William Laidman
      [witnessed] Edw. Charlton
      Nics Lee

      William's patron seems to have been Sir Walter Blackett, Bart. of Wallington. The first baronet was Sir William Blackett, M.P. (died December 1705) of Wallington Hall, Northumberland (now owned by the National Trust). His wife was Julia (died 16 August 1722), daughter of Sir Christopher Conyers (a well-documented Yorkshire family), 2nd bart. of Horden, Durham (they married 27 January 1684/5). In these days, the local landowner owned the "living" and had the choice to whom he awarded it: it was often given to members of the family or close friends. Sir Walter Blackett however was not a direct descendant of Sir William. He was born at Esholt in 1707 as Walter Calverley, of Calverley, Yorkshire, and was related to the Trevelyan family of Wallington Hall. Sir George Trevelyan (chr. 18 Nov 1707) married Julia (d. 28 Dec 1787) only daughter of Sir Walter Calverley (1st Bart. extinct 1777), and eventually heiress of her brother, Sir Walter Calverley Blackett, 2nd Bart. who assumed the name of Blackett in compliance with the testamentary injunctions of his cousin, Sir William Blackett, 2nd and last Baronet. Sir Walter had no heirs and was a very philanthropic man, "a liberal benefactor to the public charities in Newcastle, and particulary to the Infirmary of that town...." He married Barbara Villiers (d. 21 September 1759), daughter of the Earl of Jersey, on 20 September 1725, amongst great celebrations in Newcastle and the surrounding villages. Sir Walter Blackett died in London on 14 February 1777 aged 69. He was MP for Newcastle and the oldest member of the House of Commons.


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