11th May 1616

Daniel Brevint, Dean of Lincoln, is born in Jersey

Daniel Brevint was both the son and grandson of Channel Islands clergymen (his father in Jersey and his grandfather in Sark), so it’s perhaps not surprising he should enter the church himself. More impressive is the heights to which he climbed, becoming Dean of Lincoln.

Brevint was one of the first three Channel Islanders to win a fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford, which had been created by King Charles I. He remained a fellow of the college for 12 years until, in 1648, he returned to Jersey to become pastor at Grouville.

Appointed Dean of Lincoln

Brevint was committed to the Church of England, and produced many written works criticising the Roman Catholic church. He was back on the mainland with the restitution of the monarchy and the accession of Charles II to the throne, initially at Durham and, in 1682, at Lincoln, upon his appointment as Dean. He remained in that position until his death in 1695, when he was buried beneath a black slab in the choir at Lincoln Cathedral. His widow, Anne, was buried in the same grave upon her death in 1708.


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