Queen Camel

Reference to Queen Camel first appears in the Newman family records in the mid 15th century when it was associated with Richard Newman of Queen Camel, son of Richard Newman of Charlton Musgrove. Since we have no information about either of these gentlemen other than their dates and families, it is not known whether Richard owned land in Queen Camel or if he simply lived there.

Queen Camel Rectory appears in a codicil to the Will of Richard Newman (d.1695) where it says: "my said grandson is left at liberty to take such means? and remedy as he may or can upon and against the Rectory of Queen Camel in the County of Somerset for arrogating the interest of three hundred pounds which Thomas Warre his grandfather did aver that he heretofore lent upon a Mortgage of part of the said Rectory". It sounds as if Richard (d.1695) had an interest in the property."

The next we hear about Queen Camel is in the 18th century when Francis Newman of North Cadbury (d.1768) left a will in which his heirs were to be permitted to "settle any part of the (inherited) estates, not exceeding in value £200 a year, upon any woman they might marry for her life." Francis's main beneficiary was his nephew, the second Francis Newman of North Cadbury, and according to the description of a Chancery Court hearing that arose some years later, "the rectory of Queen Camel (which appeared to be of the yearly value of £200), was limited to Jane, the wife of the said Francis Newman the elder, for her life". Given that the North and South Cadbury estates were (at the same time) said to have had a yearly value of £500, then it would appear that the Queen Camel rectory was very well endowed with lands.

According to Louisa Annie Rogers' notes, James Rogers, husband of Catherine Rogers (née Newman) and Francis's son-in-law, was Rector of Queen Camel, presumably c. 1790 - no doubt given to him by Francis Newman who probably had the advowson rights over the living.

Like next-door Cadbury, Queen Camel has an ancient history, having once been in the possession of Eleanor of Provence (wife of King Henry III) from whom it probably derives its name (see Queen Camel page on Wikipedia).

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