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rector

1. Church of England a clergyman in charge of a parish in which, as its incumbent, he would formerly have been entitled to the whole of the tithes
2. RC Church a cleric in charge of a college, religious house, or congregation
3. Protestant Episcopal Church, Scottish Episcopal Church a clergyman in charge of a parish
4. Chiefly Brit the head of certain schools or colleges
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As well as being a prominent legal advisor to the Tudor court, Higgons held at least 13 rectorships and four canonries, in counties as geographically dispersed as Wiltshire, Shropshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Surrey, Lincolnshire, Sussex, Middlesex and Montgomeryshire.
Upon the death of a certain `William Higgyns', Edward Higgons was appointed to the rectorship of Church Stretton.