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Updates added to ‘Jaques Sterne (c 1695 – 1759)’.

The following additions and updates have been added to ‘Jaques Sterne (c 1695 – 1759)’.

New evidence from the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York sheds rare light on the earliest years of Jaques Sterne’s life, and the properties held by the Sterne family in Yorkshire. This evidence is found among Archbishop Sharp’s manuscript accounts of the Diocese of York, initially compiled in the 1690s, but updated by his successors until the 1730s-1740s (and later in some instances). Volume two gives an account of the lands of the archbishopric, with details of the lessees of individual properties and estates.[1] Buried in these administrative records are details of leases that were first established between Archbishop Sterne and his son Simon, and were subsequently renewed by their descendants. Shortly after Simon Sterne’s death in 1703, his sons Jaques, Roger (Laurence Sterne’s father), and Simon, were named as lives to a renewal of a lease of Mickle Ings in Otley, West Riding – a further renewal followed in 1712. More interestingly, are the details of a lease of November 1716, which names as lives Jaques Sterne, then of ‘the University of Cambridge’, alongside his cousin, William Sterne, rector of Averham. This legal connection between the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire sides of the Sterne family provides a further link between the two branches – supplementing information provided by Richard Forrester.[2] Further investigations into the interactions between members of the Sterne family in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire in the early eighteenth century may provide new insights into the direction and patronage of Jaques and Laurence Sterne’s clerical careers.

New additions

2 November 1703 – – – Named alongside his brothers, Roger and Simon Sterne, as lives in the renewal by his brother, Richard Sterne, of a lease of Mickle Ings in Otley, from the Archbishop of York. The lease had originally been made between Archbishop Sterne and his son, Simon Sterne, in 1671, for a fine of £20. The new fine was £90.

31 May 1712 – – -Named in a renewal of a lease of Mickle Ings in Otley, as 2 November 1703, less the life of his brother, Simon.

27 November 1716 – – -Then of ‘the University of Cambridge’, named alongside William Sterne, rector of Averham, and William Pickett, as lives in the renewal by his sister-in-law, Mary Sterne, of a lease of Whitcliffe near Ripon, from the Archbishop of York. The lease had originally been made between Archbishop Sterne and his son, Richard Sterne, in 1668. The new fine was £118.

[1] BIA. Bp. Dio. Bk. vol. 2, Archbishop Sharp’s MSS, c. 1700.

[2] Forrester, Richard, ‘Uncle Jaques Sterne’, in, The Shandean (1992), p. 199.

 

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