Friday November 13, 1812
COURT OF CHANCERY, Nov.11
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL v. THOMAS
This case came on exceptions before the Court taken to a Master’s Report, under an order of
reference made by Lord ERSKINE, directing an enquiry into the state and situation of the Grammar
school of Bosbury, in the County of Hereford, which was founded before the second year of the
reign of Queen Elizabeth, and further endowed in the eighth year of that reign, with a salary
or stipend of 8l. 4s. per annum for a teacher, who was to be a Clergyman, &c. Such continued to
be the case till 1798, when the Reverend Mr. Williams died, and was succeeded by the defendant.
The Master reported that the Bishop of Hereford had afterwards, in 1651, returned this as a
Grammar School, and not as a Free School, which requires only reading, writing, and arithmetic,
to be taught, whereas at a grammar school, the classics are to be studied. Exceptions were taken
to the Master’s Report on the insufficiency of the evidence, that this was a grammar school not
a free school. His Lordship was of the opinion, that sufficient evidence appeared to establish
it a grammar school, and over-ruled the exceptions, ordering new trustees to be elected, and the
trusts to be carried into effect. — Judgement for the Plaintiff.
From the Courier, No. 5,415. Printed and published in London.
Courtesy of Robert Lane.