NameRev. William LAIDMAN , 2546, L1010
Baptism7 Oct 1710, Woodhorn, NBL
Bapt Memo“October 7 1710 bapt. William s of John Laidmane”
Death22 Jun 1782, Warden, NBL
Burial25 Jun 1782, Warden, NBL
OccupationVicar of Warden
FatherRev. John LAIDMAN , 2545, K1007 (1680-1745)
MotherChristian MITFORD , 2688 (ca1680-1743)
Misc. Notes
The University of Durham has, among the Durham Diocesan Records, the ordination papers for William Laidman, deacon 1734 and priest 1736.

He was educated at Sedbergh (under Dr Samuel Saunders, 1709-1741, son-in-law of a previous headmaster, Posthumus Wharton 1674-1706)) and went to St. John's College, Cambridge on 8 June 1730 aged 19, where his tutor was Mr Williams. He matriculated in 1730, became a BA in 1733/4 and an MA in 1750. He was ordained a deacon in 1734 and a priest in August 1736, by the Bishop of Durham. He was appointed curate of Whalton on 25 August 1735 and curate of Hartburn on 30 August 1735-6 (see below). He was curate of Bellingham Chapel in the Parish of Simonburn from 1740 to 1747 (“Will. Laidman 1740.--Cuth. Wilson 1748.”) He was vicar of Calverley, Leeds, Yorkshire from May 6 1747 to 1758 and vicar of Warden, on the presentation of Walter Blackett of Wallington, from from 16 November 1758 until his death in 1782. “Will. Laidman, A.M. oc. 19 Aug. 1762” “The heir of Sir Walter Blackett” was patron of Warden.

A letter from John Laidman, Rector of Whalton (William Laidman's father) "to the Rt. Revd. the Lord Bishop of Durham" reads:
"My Lord.
If your Lordship will be pleas'd to admit William Laidman my present Curate to ye Order of a Priest.- I John Laidman Rector of Whalton in your Lordship's Diocese do promise to continue him as my Curate in the said Parish, and to allow him the yearly salary of thirty pounds for serving the Cure.
In testimony whereof I have set my hand & Seal this twenty fifth day of August one thousand seven hundred and thirty five.
(signed) John Laidman
Rector of Whalton

Another letter to the same reads:

"My Lord-
If your Lordship will be pleas'd to admit the Revd. William Laidman to the order of a Priest.- I Laton Eden Vicar of Hartburn in your Lordship's diocese do promise to employ him as my Curate in the said Parish, and to allow him ye yearly salary of thirty pounds for serving ye Cure.
In testimony whereof I have set my hand & Seal this thirtieth day of August,-one thousand, seven hundred & thirty five.
(signed) Laton Eden" (Laton Eden was vicar of Hartburn 1685-1735. He is buried in the chancel of Hartburn Church, and there is a commemorative plaque).

Hartburn is now a very endearing, peaceful village with old stone houses sheltered by trees, and a grand vicarage. It was here that John Hodgson, the great Northumbrian local historian lived when he was vicar of Hartburn, and in which he wrote part of his monumental History of Northumberland. The 12C church of St. Andrew is typical of Northumberland churches with a squat square tower. There are beautiful 18C graves in the churchyard with the skull and crossbone theme, or crossed spades.

One of the Latin documents, dated 19th September 1734, included in William Laidman’s ordination papers is a certificate as to his probity, his faith, a witness to his good character and his aptitude to be ordained a deacon of the C. of E. One of the signatories to this is Marcus Hall, curate of Stannington - the marriage place of William’s father John with Christian Mitford in 1707. The rector of Stannington in 1734 was Cuthbert Ellison.

The Latin documents of 25th August 1735 and 20th August 1736 addressed to the Lord Bishop Edward Dunelmen [?: Lat: Dunelmensi] and recommending a priesthood for William, are of a similar nature - a sort of character reference. Among the signatories of these two documents is John Laidman, Rector of Whalton, William’s father [note: the bishop of Durham was then Joseph Butler, who in 1736 defended Christianity against Deism in his "Analogy of Religion"].

"Memorials of Calverley Church and its Forty One Vicars" by Rev. Henry Stapleton mentions William and notes his incumbency during the time Sir Walter Blackett took an interest in the improvement of the Choir: "A much-worn Choir book has been preserved, with the following inscription written in the first page, in the handwriting of Rev. William Laidman, who was Vicar 1747-1759: "This book was the gift of Sir Walter Calverley, Baronet, for the use of the singers belonging to the Parish Church of Calverley. He gave eight of these books in all." They must have been purchased at considerable cost, for they included a musical introduction, Pslam tunes, Chanting tunes for the Canticles, and fourteen Anthems."

A bibliographical index lists William as: Laidman (male). Title: Reverend. Office: Vicar of Calverley. Address: Yorkshire. Date: 1753. Occupation: clerical. Subscribed to The Family Expositor; or, a paraphrase and version of the New Testament (Vol. 4; second edn.), 1753, DODDRIDGE, Philip. London. The same source lists him as having Subscribed to Sermons (Vol. 1), 1757, CONYBEARE, John. London. and in 1771, he Subscribed to The accomptant’s oracle, 1771, THOMPSON, Wardhaugh. Whitehaven.

The Archdeaconry of Northumberland Return of Papists 1767 lists under the Parish of Warden cum Haydon with Newbrough (under the diocese of Durham) "William Laidman, vicar": he was responsible for listing the Catholics in his parish. The Warden Parish Register 1695-1987 lists some marriages performed by William Laidman in 1763 (John Leadbitter and Mary Dun, witnesses Nicholas Leadbetter and Mary Laidman), 1764 (Wm. Ord and Mary Gibson, witnesses Thos Gibson, Mary Laidman, Jasper Gibson and John Bell), 1761 (John Whitelock and Mary Drydon, witness Mary Laidman - William's wife). Also recorded is the burial: June 25 1782 LAIDMAN Rev. Mr. Vicar of Warden.

Warden lies near Hexham, a very ancient town founded in 673, about 30 miles west of Newcastle up the Tyne valley. Traditionally the site of an oratory of St. John of Beverley founded in about 700 AD, it is very small and only appears on fairly large-scale maps. A wonderfully little sleepy hamlet of only a few scattered houses, it nestles amongst fine trees near the grassy banks of the Tyne under small hills, undisturbed by traffic, giving one the feeling of being in another age. The church of Warden, St. Michael, has an interesting, tall, pre-Norman west tower, possibly partly made of reused Roman blocks. The transepts are remarkably long. Inside, I discovered, to my great joy, a splendid painted stone monument on the end wall of the north transept commemorating William Laidman. The text reads:

Near this place
lies interred the Remains of the
Reverend William Laidman M.A.
24 years Vicar of this Parish
Assiduous in the Duties of
his Sacred Function,
And exemplary in his Life
He died respected the 22nd
June 1782. Aged 73 Years

The memorial stone is surmounted by a hooded face, and there is a skull and crossbones at the base.

Furthermore, embedded in the pre-Norman wall of the west tower is a square stone plaque engraved with the following inscription:

was rebuilt Ano Di 1765
Wm Laidman A.M. Vicar
Jno Errington Esqr
Cvth. Lambert

The guide books indeed confirm that the chancel (not the whole church, as the inscription would have it) of Warden Church was rebuilt in 1765 by the exertions of Sir Walter Blackett of Wallington (see below) the patron of the living, and William must have organised this. William is also attributed with the demolition of an old building at the west end of the Vicarage traditionally known as St. John of Beverley’s residence. This was - according to Bede - the prior of Hexham 685-704, and he is said to have had an oratory, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels (as is Warden Church), near the Tyne, about 1 1/2 miles from Hexham.

William is also mentioned (though his name is spelled ‘Lardman’) on a plaque in the church listing all the vicars of Warden, and à propos the rebuilding, and the tradition that St John of Beverley had his hermitage there, Hodgson writes: “... I can find neither trace nor tradition, with the exception of a local account at Wardon, that “an old building existed at the west end of the vicarage, up to the time of Vicar Laidman, who pulled it down and built a kitchen with the materials”. (Rev. John Hodgson: A History of Northumberland, Newcastle 1840, part II., vol. III., p. 491

William’s influence was more than parochial however: in 1769 he was a co-defendant in an affair involving the re-allotment of pews in Alston, Cumberland:
Ricardson v commissioners for allotting pews (et al.)
1770 1769, 1770 (date of document(s))
1 folder, 8 ff.
promoter: Christopher Ricardson of Alston, Cumberland, esq
defendants: commissioners for allotting pews in Alston church: Robert Wardale, cleric, Thomas Rotherham, cleric, John Westgarth, esq, Joseph Railton, cleric, Thomas Hudson, cleric and William Laidman, cleric
re-allotment of pews in Alston, Cumberland
proctor: Salkeld Hutchinson - prosecuting
Individual documents: allegation, note, petitions (1769)
Previously referenced 55
See also DDR/EJ/PRC/2/1769/9: Ricardson v commissioners to allot pews, 1769-1777 (date of cause)
From: Durham University Library Archives & Special Collections: Consistory Court cause papers;pt=15778

His death was recorded in the Newcastle Courant of 29 June 1782 (index page 643): Died. Saturday, the Revd. Mr Laidman Vicar of Warden, near Hexham, greatly respected by his parishioners.

The Diary of Nicholas Brown, attorney in Alnwick and coroner for Northumberland (1722-1797) mentions: 1782. June 25. Died, Rev. Mr. William Laidman, vicar of Wardon, aged 72, with a good character. (footnote: Mr. William Laidman was Vicar of Wardon from 1758 to 1782, and was buried there.)

Will of the Revd William Laidman [L1010] dated 27 November 1781:
I William Laidman Master of Arts Vicar of Warden in the County of Northumberland do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner following And first I will and order that my Body shall be interred at the Discretion of my dear Wife Mary Laidman and that all my just Debts shall be paid and discharged as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease And I give and bequeath unto Middleton Teasdale of Newbrough Gentleman and John Bell of Hexham Deputy Bailiff there the sum of one Thousand Pounds of lawful money of Great Britain upon the Trusts following, that is to say, That they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors and Administrators shall put and place the same out at Interest upon good security either Real or Personal by and with the Approbation and Consent of my said Wife Mary Laidman with full Power as often as occasion shall require to call in and new-place out the same at Interest with such Approbation and Consent as aforesaid and shall pay and dispose of the Interest thereof yearly and from Time to Time as the same shall become due and be received to my said Wife Mary Laidman for and during the Term of her natural Life or otherwise do and shall permit her my said Wife to receive the same herself during the Term aforesaid And from and after her Decease shall pay unto my Nephew Walter Laidman son of my Brother Francis Laidman the sum of one Hundred Pounds (part of the said sum of one Thousand Pounds) at the End of Six Calendar Months then next after with Interest in the mean time from the Death of my said Wife at the Rate my Trustees shall receive for the same (the said Walter Laidman not being born when the late Sir Walter Blackett gave Benefactions to the other Children of my said brother Francis Laidman) But if my said Nephew shall not then have attained his said age of Twentyone years the said sum of one Hundred Pounds shall not be paid or payable till he attain that Age but he shall be paid Interest for the same from the Death of my said Wife at the Rate aforesaid till he attain his said age of Twentyone Years And upon Trust after the Death of my said Wife to pay and divide the sum of Nine Hundred Pounds (Residue of the said one Thousand Pounds) to and among all and every the Child or Children of my said brother Francis Laidman begotten or to be begotten other than his Daughter Julia Laidman, who is already sufficiently and amply provided for, if more than one Share and Share alike such Shares to belong to and be an Interest vested in them respectively upon their respective Marriages or their attaining their respective ages of Twentyone years first happening but to be payable and paid as follows, that is to say, when the same shall so vest if it be after the Death of my said dear Wife Mary Laidman But in case any of them ^have obtained or^ shall obtain a vested Interest in her Lifetime then not to be payable or paid till the End of Six Calendar Months after her Death with Interest for the same in the meantime at the Rate my Trustees shall receive for such respective Shares And upon Trust after her Death to pay the Interest of their respective Shares to their parent Tutor or Guardian to be applied for the Maintenance and Education of such Child or Children until they shall obtain such vested Interest therein Provided always that in case any of the Children of the said Francis Laidman shall happen to die before they shall obtain such vested Interest then the Share or Shares of him her or them so dying shall go and belong to the Survivors or Survivor of such Child or Children other than the said Julia Laidman equally to be divided at such Time or Times and subject to such and the like Chance and Condition of accruer respectively as the Original Share or Shares of such Child or Children shall belong to and vest in him her or them respectively Provided that in Case all the Children of the said Francis Laidman but the said Julia Laidman shall ^happen to^ die before they shall become intitled to the Provision hereby made for them then the said sum of Nine Hundred Pounds shall belong to the said Julia Laidman to be an Interest vested and to be payable and paid in like manner as the Shares of the other Children of the said Francis Laidman And my Will is and I do hereby order that my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors and Administrators shall out of the Interest of the said one Thousand Pounds Trust Money pay him and themselves all such Costs Charges and Expences as they or any of them shall from Time to Time sustain or be put to in the Execution and Performance of the Trust hereby in them reposed or in any wise relating thereto And that they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them his Executors or Administrators shall not be accountable the one for the other or for the Act or Deed of the other but only for his and their own respective Act and Deed nor shall they be answerable for the Insolvency of any person or persons to whom they may lend the said one Thousand Pounds Trust Money or any part thereof for the Purposes and upon the Trusts contained in this my Will provided such Person or Persons were thought sufficient at the Time of lending the same and that the same was lent out at Interest by and with the Approbation and Consent of my said Wife Mary Laidman Also I give and bequeath to my sister Christian Laidman of Darlington for and during the Term of her natural Life the annual or Yearly Sum of Four Pounds of lawful Money of Great-Britain to be paid her by my Executrix out of my personal Estate by four equal quarterly Payments in each Year and the first payment thereof (being one pound) to be made at the End of three Calendar Months next after my Decease and so to continue to be paid at the End of every succeeding three Calendar Months then after during the Term aforesaid Also I give and bequeath to Miss Ann Rhodes Sister of my said dear Wife the sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid her out of my personal Estate at the End of Twelve Calendar Months next after the Decease of my said Wife with Interest for the same in the meantime at the Rate the same shall be then let out at Interest for And as to all the Rest and Residue of my Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever not hereby otherwise disposed of subject to the payment of the said Annuity and Legacies I give and bequeath the same to my said dear Wife Mary Laidman whom I hereby appoint sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills at any Time heretofore by me made either by Word or Writing
In witness whereof I have to two parts of this my last Will and Testament both of the same Tenor and Effect set my Hand and Seal the Twentyseventh ---- Day of November – in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty one.
(Signed sealed published and declared by the said
(William Laidman the Testator ^as and for his last Will and Testament^ in the presence of
(us who at his Request and in his presence and in
(the presence of each other have subscribed our
(Names as Witnesses hereto------
[signed] William Laidman
[witnessed] Edw. Charlton
Nics Lee

William's patron seems to have been Sir Walter Blackett, Bart. of Wallington. The first baronet was Sir William Blackett, M.P. (died December 1705) of Wallington Hall, Northumberland (now owned by the National Trust). His wife was Julia (died 16 August 1722), daughter of Sir Christopher Conyers (a well-documented Yorkshire family), 2nd bart. of Horden, Durham (they married 27 January 1684/5). In these days, the local landowner owned the "living" and had the choice to whom he awarded it: it was often given to members of the family or close friends. Sir Walter Blackett however was not a direct descendant of Sir William. He was born at Esholt in 1707 as Walter Calverley, of Calverley, Yorkshire, and was related to the Trevelyan family of Wallington Hall. Sir George Trevelyan (chr. 18 Nov 1707) married Julia (d. 28 Dec 1787) only daughter of Sir Walter Calverley (1st Bart. extinct 1777), and eventually heiress of her brother, Sir Walter Calverley Blackett, 2nd Bart. who assumed the name of Blackett in compliance with the testamentary injunctions of his cousin, Sir William Blackett, 2nd and last Baronet. Sir Walter had no heirs and was a very philanthropic man, "a liberal benefactor to the public charities in Newcastle, and particulary to the Infirmary of that town...." He married Barbara Villiers (d. 21 September 1759), daughter of the Earl of Jersey, on 20 September 1725, amongst great celebrations in Newcastle and the surrounding villages. Sir Walter Blackett died in London on 14 February 1777 aged 69. He was MP for Newcastle and the oldest member of the House of Commons.
1Mary RHODES , 2548
Birthca 1723
Death12 Apr 1795, Bradford, YKS
Burial17 Apr 1795, Bradford, YKS
Burial MemoSt Peter. “Burials 1795 Bradford Church / April / 17 / Mrs. Mary Laidman of Lit. Horton Widow
FatherRHODES , 1371
Misc. Notes
See the notes on Mary's husband, the Rev. William Laidman. The Rhodes family home was Bramhope Hall, Otley, near Leeds: they were landed gentry.

IGI has a baptism for a Mary Rhoades [sic] 5 January 1721 at Bradford, YKS (father: Timothy Rhoades), which may refer to this person.

It is possible that Mary left Warden long after her husband’s death and came to live in Little Horton, Bradford, in 1792. Her Will is dated February 1792, in which she requests to be buried in Warden, perhaps an unusual request if she were not living there at the time. And the first mention of her in the Bradford area is in 1793:

1793: Attempt by John Buckley to set up the first steam-powered mill at the West End of Bradford. This being the fashionable area he was warned off in the following terms:
Take notice that if you or any person in connection with you shall presume to erect or build any steam engine for the manufacture of cotton or wool, in a certain field in Horton, near Bradford...called or known by the name of Brick Kiln Field, we....shall, if the same be found a nuisance, seek such reddress as the law will give.......Thomas Atkinson, Nathaniel Aked, John Smith, Isaac Wilson, Thomas Holdgate, Jonas Bower, John Rand, William Whitaker, John Hardy, Hy. William Oates, Mary Laidman, Betty Swaine, Francis Town, J. Lupton, John Aked.
The Wikipedia entry for Little Horton mentions (2010): “Prior to the 19th century Little Horton was still a very rural area and a place where wealthy merchants and entrepreneurs chose to live to escape the increasing industrialisation of the city centre.”

Leeds in 1793. A. Young, ‘Excursion to Yorkshire’, February 1793, Annals of Agriculture, xxvii., pp 310-311.
The application of steam engines to move the machinery of manufactures is nowhere carried further than at Leeds; there are six or seven for mills, etc., and a dyeing house has also one... Viewed with great pleasure the machines for unclotting and puffing out wool... also for spinning and various other operations. The inventions that have done so much in cotton are here fast introducing for wool.

The Newcastle Advertiser of 2 May 1795 states that Mary died “a few days ago”.

Mary Rhodes' long and very intricate will dated 6 February 1792 includes several points of interest:
"...if the Roads and Season of the Year permit my Will and Desire is that my Body shall be buried at Warden in Northumberland [it was not]with or as near to that of my dear Husband's as can be but in as private a manner as possible my Will being that no more than can be decently avoided shall be expended in my funeral & which I trust will not exceed Fifty or Sixty Pounds. My Will also is that there shall be distributed amongst the Poor of the said Village of Warden the sum of twenty Shillings upon the day of my funeral... I give and devise unto my Sister Ann Rhodes the House wherein I dwell with the appurtenances for and during the term of her natural Life And from and immediately after the Decease of my said sister I give and devise the same unto my niece Mary Rand..." She also leaves a life interest on £500 to Mary Rand, together with "my Books Plate China Linnen and Household Furniture... which said Devise and Bequests shall be construed to be in satisfaction of a Legacy of fifty Pounds which my late dear Husband gave to my said Sister and which is now in my hands." A life interest on £100 is to be paid to her "niece Elizabeth the Wife of William Crosley ... into the proper Hands of my said niece Elizabeth or otherwise permit her to receive the same to and for her own sole and separate Use and Benefit To the intent that the same may not be at the disposal of or subject or liable to the Control Debts or Engagements of her present or any aftertaken Husband but only at her own sole and separate disposal." After Elizabeth's death the capital of £100 "shall be paid unto Joseph her Son when he shall attain the age of twenty one years..." On the death of Ann Rhodes a life interest on £100 is to be paid to "my niece Mary the Wife of William Thurman" with the same restrictions against her husband as was the case with Elizabeth Crosley's legacy, the capital to be paid on Mary's death to her children. A further life interest on £100 is to be paid to "Nancy the Daughter of my late niece Sarah Myers" the capital to be paid to her on attaining the age of 21 "or be married which shall first happen..." failing which the £100 is to be distributed "amongst all the surviving Grand Children of my Brother John Rhodes." On the death of Ann Rhodes, Mary Rand also receives £100 and Elizabeth Crosley £50. "John the Son of my said niece Mary Thurman" receives £50.

"I give unto my said niece Mary Rand my Table China and unto her daughter Mary my Gold Watch... After the death of my said Sister I give my Silver Coffee Pot unto Mary the Daughter of my said niece Mary Thurman to be delivered to her on her Marriage.... and unto the said John Thurman my Silver Tea Pot... I also give after the decease of my said Sister unto the said John Thurman Doctor Doddridge Family Expositor in six Volumes and unto him also one third part of all my other Books and one other third part thereof unto Joseph Son of the said Elizabeth Crosley and the remaining third part thereof unto Samuel the son of my said niece Mary Rand." Her "Plate China Linnen and Furniture" is divided between Mary Rand, the children of Mary Thurman, Elizabeth Crosley and Sarah Miers [spelled indiscriminately "Myers" or "Miers"]. There is a mention of her husband's nephew Walter and his other unnamed nephews.

"I give and bequeath unto Hannah the Wife of John Outhwaite of Bradford aforesaid Apothecary a Ring and unto Thomas Outhwaite of Bradford aforesaid Apothecary five pounds which said Thomas Outhwaite John Rand the Husband of my said niece Mary Rand and my Sister Ann Rhodes I do hereby appoint Executors of this my last will..."

Witnessed by Jne[?] Hardy, Sam. Hailstone and Wm. Middleton.

A holograph postscript to the will reads "I Mary Laidman also Will that the piece of Ground I have purchased at the back of my House since the...will was made go along with my House to my niece Mary Rand and her issue..." Dated 24 July 1794.

A document dated 7 May 1795 signed by John Rhodes states: "The personal Estate and Effects of the late Mary Laidman of Bradford in the Diocese of York Widow did not amount at the time of her Death to the sum of six hundred Pounds in Value."

Another document issuing from the Prerogative Court of York shows Ann and John Rhodes swearing that "having carefully viewed and perused the writing wrote at the foot of the last Will and Testament of the said deceased hereunto annexed and purporting to be a Codicil to the said will... that they verily in their Consciences believe the whole Body Series and Contents of the said writing... to be all of the proper Hand Writing and Subscription of the said deceased." Signed by Ann and John Rhodes on 30 May 1795.

Note: In 1801, Bradford, with the townships of Horton, Bowling and Manningham, had a population of 13,264. The Bradford Canal was opened in 1774, bringing traffic from the great waterways to its door.
Marriage25 Sep 1758, Leeds, YKS
Marr MemoSt Peter
Misc. Notes
Parish Register, St Peter, Leeds, marriages 1758
WYAS, LEEDS, ref. P68/4/1
[Page] 221
No 152
William Laidman Vicar of the Parish of Calverley
and Mary Rhodes of this
Parish were
Married in this Church by Licence fm Chrisham[?] Surrogate
this twenty fifth Day of September in the Year One Thousand Seven
Hundred and fifty eight by me Chrisham[?] Vicar
This Marriage was solemnized between Us: William Laidman / Mary Laidman
In the Presence of James Towers
Eliz Towers
ChildrenThomas (Died as Infant), 19854, M1973 (-1759)
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