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ADVOWSON, ecclesiastical law. From advow or advocare, a right of presentation to a church or benefice. He who possesses this right is called the patron or advocate, (q.v.) when there is no patron, or he neglects to exercise his right within six months, it is called a lapse, i. e. a title is given to the ordinary to collate to a church; when a presentation is made by one who has no right it is called a usurpation.
     2. Advowsons are of different kinds, as Advowson appendant, when it depends upon a manor, &c. - Advowson in gross, when it belongs to a person and not to a manor. - Advowson presentative, where the patron presents to the bishop. - Advowson donative, where the king or patron puts the clerk into possession without presentation. - Advowson of the moiety of the church, where there are two several patrons and two incumbents in the same church. - A moiety of advowson, where two must join the presentation, of one incumbent. - Advowson of religious houses, that which is vested in the person who founded such a house. Techn. Dict.; 2 Bl. Com. 21; Mirehouse on Advowsons; Com. Dig. Advowson, Quare Impedit; Bac. Ab. Simony; Burn's Eccl. Law, h.t.; Cruise's Dig. Index, h.t.

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By 1348 Henry also had extensive holdings in Cheshire; he acquired Dunham, Kelsall, Bidstone, and the advowson of Birkenhead Priory in 1347, and in the following year the manors of Halton honour.
14) The right of presentation in respect of St Andrew was originally, and at different times, in both lay and royal hands, (15) but by 1220 the advowson (the right of presentation to the benefice) and rectory had passed to Littlemore.
In fact the first documentary reference to St Martin's is from 1263, when Maud, the wife of William de Bermingham, claimed half of the advowson.