John Courtail

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John Courtail (died 1806) was an English cleric, Archdeacon of Lewes from 1770 until 1806.[1]

Courtail was born at Exeter, the son of French parents. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge in 1732, graduating B.A. in 1736 and M.A. in 1739. He was a Fellow of Clare from 1736, becoming senior proctor. He was rector of Great Gransden and Burwash, becoming Archdeacon of Lewes in 1770.[2] James Hurdis became Courtail's curate at Burwash in 1786, and dedicated to him the 1788 poem The Village Curate.[3]


  1. ^ ”Chichester Diocese Clergy Lists:Clergy succession from the earliest times to the year 1900" Hennessy,G: London, St Peter's Press, 1900
  2. ^ "Courtail, John (CRTL731J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Whittick, Christopher. "Hurdis, James". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14251. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas D'Oyly
Archdeacon of Lewes
Succeeded by
Matthias D'Oyly