The fisherman's tithe

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The quote from Leviticus on which the Rector based his demands

Farmers in medieval times and later were used to donating a tenth of their crops (the tithe) to their parish church, but fisherman Leonard Gupill took umbrage in the early 17th century at being required to give a tenth of his catch to the Rector of St Brelade, David Bandinel.

He appealed to the visiting Royal Commissioners in 1607, Sir Robert Gardiner and James Hussey, and brought as witnesses old fishermen who testified that it had always been left to the fishermen themselves to decide what proportion of their catch to donate to the church.

The commissioners ruled at "conswidering the great charge, trouble and danger the said Goupill and other fishermen do take their fish and considering also how needful it is on the other side that the said minister, whose living doth much depend upon Tythes of fish, should be in some reasonable and convenient manner provided for". They ruled that Goupill and other fisherment should give a fifteenth of their cash to their Rector

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