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Crundale, Kent

6 July 1729 - Mary Knott a widow, was excommunicated on the charge of Contumacy.

Contumacy = the wilfull disobedience of the authority of the church.

The Parish Records book states
"The judge of the Court by reason of the Misnomer declared the  excommunication void."

She was apparently  called Margaret, not Mary.

The lowest level court was the
Archdeacon's Court - with the local Archdeacon hearing the case
cases could then be refered up to the
Commissary Court at Canterbury - presided over by the Commissary General.

Next above that was the Arches Court at Canterbury -which had 5 Judges presiding over cases..