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DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of provinces.

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The rural dean who ordered the mutilation of the carving in 1730 was clearly aware of its power - and it's equally clear that the locals were reluctant to damage it too much.
MAKING HISTORY IN TOWNRoderick MacLeod, rural dean of Morpeth and some of his fascinating pictures
Our thanks go, too, to our friends and relatives, particularly Paul Barrett and his family who are so supportive always and to Canon Bev John, the Rural Dean of Brecon and his parishioners.
He also served as priest in charge of Bicton, Montford with Shawardine and Fitz, and he was rural dean of Shrewsbury from 1991 to 1997.
From 1982 until 1987 he was rural dean of Wascana, Regina.
Another chapter examines the mostly dormant office of rural dean, which began to be revived early in the century.
Maundrell later made all in the first older-horse maiden with New Zealand-import Running On Super, while the intermediate race, sponsored for the first time by Intervet, saw Nigel Bloom on The Rural Dean beat the Yorkshire horse Triple Eaves.
One receives the impression that no rural dean who ever put pen to paper, preferably in the eighteenth century, could bearably be omitted.
In some of the more distant areas, the rural dean was also vicar forane, a position which carried more authority and independence.
Since being ordained in 1994 he has served parishes in Dorset but his most recent position was in the Deanery of Stonehenge where he became rural dean in 2010.
The Rev Dominic Black, the Rural Dean of Middlesbrough and vicar of Holy Trinity Church in North Ormesby, is helping to organise the event, which is a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York.
The judge said Father Manning had extra duties as rural dean with responsibilities for schools, and knew Costello's accusations, though false, could cause him serious problems.

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