Rev. James Savage

James Savage was employed as the vicar of St Mary the Virgin between 1728–1758 and is included in the Electoral Register of 1734 for Martham as being entitled to vote and recorded as being a Clerk in Holy Orders.

The sequestrator of the Bishop’s office takes charge of parish matters between appointments of vicars. In 1758 the Cathedral of Norwich sequestrator William Adams noted that; when Rev. Savage died no parish registers could be found. So the Martham records only start from the date of his death on 26th October 1758. As a result, from 1728 to 1758 there are no baptism and burial registers (but some marriages from 1754 exist). Ironically, there is a record of his burial kept by his successor which is shown below.

According to another entry in the burials register made after the death of his successor Rev. Thomas Bowman, James Savage was buried in the chancel of St Mary’s near Thomas Bowman. A copy of the register entry is shown below.

Sources: Appointment information courtesy of the: Clergy of the Church of England Database at

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