from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who holds a benefice in commendam. See commendam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who holds a benefice in commendam; a commendatary.

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  • noun obsolete A cleric who held a commendam.


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  • In witness of the quhilk thing hir ma'tie and the said noble prince and duke hes subscrivit this present contract with thair hands day yeir and place foirsaids befoir thir witnesses ane maist reverend ffader in God Johnne archbishop of Sant Andrews commendator of paisly & George erll of

    Notes and Queries, Number 07, December 15, 1849

  • "Ah!" said the first commendator again, "that is very likely -- I should have expected _that_ of him."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847

  • In 1511 the Bishop of Caithness was appointed commendator, and decline of the abbey soon followed.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Hertford in 1545 -- James Stewart, the abbot commendator, having with others crossed the Tweed into Northumberland and burned the village of

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Over the doorway in this angle is a large shield, containing the arms of John Stewart, who was commendator in 1555.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Hamilton, the commendator, and various members of the Abercorn family lie buried in the vault below, the chapel belonging to the present Duke, and being under his control.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • The legitimacy of the profits of the _commendator_ never seems to have caused the slightest difficulty to the canonists.

    An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

  • The most usual arrangement for the division of the profits of the adventure was that the _commendatarius_ should receive one-fourth and the _commendator_ three-fourths.

    An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

  • This happened about 1528, and in 1539 the office of commendator was given to Robert, natural son of James V., while still an infant.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • Trouble followed, and since this, the appointment of its first commendator, the rights of the abbey began to be invaded.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys


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