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Impropriation was the assignment of a benefice to a lay proprietor, as distinct from appropriation to a monastery. When the monasteries were dissolved, many appropriated monastic benefices were impropriated, causing Matthew Parker, for instance, great difficulty as primate in curbing Elizabeth's rapacious courtiers. Lay impropriators, as Tenison noted (1713), were known for seeking cheap and often indifferent curates. An effective Whig 1830s reform insisted on incumbents being resident.

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