Ralph Barlow (priest)

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Ralph Barlow[1] was the Dean[2] of Wells[3] between 1621 and 1631.[4]

His will was proved on 7 November 1631. It is a long document, starting with a mini-sermon, listing his children and his ecclesiastical appointments. He then bewails his (unnamed) wife's profligacy: pawning her petticoats and getting him to redeem them, and indulging in needless lawsuits. He names six children in his will, Thomas, John, Richard, Elizabeth, Ralph and Henry, all baptised at Winchester Cathedral.[5]


  1. ^ "The history and antiquities of Somersetshire" Phelps, W: London, J.B. Nichols & Son, 1839
  2. ^ "A concise history of the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, in Wells" Camp, J.M.F: Shepton Mallet, W.J. Quartley, 1814
  3. ^ "Cathedral Antiquities: Wells, Exeter, and Worcester" Britton,J London M. A. Nattali, 1836
  4. ^ British History On-line
  5. ^ National Archives; PROB 11-series, will of Ralph Barlow, Dean of Wells

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