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John Meads 2018
The Overseer's Pension

Edward Quincey - Overseer James Osborne Guardian of the Poor
Edward Quincey, a Burton
Latimer public servant for
over 40 years.
James Osborne, a Guardian from
Burton Latimer


Present: Mr. W. Toller (chairman), Mr. J G Willows (vice-chairman), Rev B E W Bennett, the Hon and Rev C J Vernon, the Hon and Rev J Marsham, Messrs S Soames, W Brampton, J Osborne, J B Panther,* J Ginns, J Chamberlain, A J Margetts, C Pollard, D P Chamberlain, F Barlow, W Battle, C Richards, W Walker, R Sykes, T M Lane J N Stokes, T Marriott,  S J Panther, W H Ttuelove, T Blott, C Brown, and H S B Preedy (clerk).

The clerk read an application from Mr. Quincey, who has for 40 years acted as assistant overseer for the parish of Burton Latimer, for a superannuation allowance in respect of his past service, he having been forced to resign the office on account of old age. – Mr. Osborne, who, with several other Guardians, supported the application, said Mr. Quincey had been an excellent officer, and as he was 79 years of age, it was not likely that he would long be a pensioner on the Board, even if his request was acceded to. He would propose that £10 per annum be voted to Mr. Quincey for the remainder of his life. – The Clerk said it was necessary in any such case that notice of motion should be given six weeks before it could be considered, but he was of opinion that the circumstances of Mr. Quincey’s position would preclude the Board from considering the application, as pensions could only be given to those whose time was wholly occupied in carrying out their official duties. – Mr. Osborne said if that was the case he could not go on with his motion, but it was agreed that a notice of intention to bring the subject forward should stand upon the minutes, and that inquiry should be made by the clerk as to the possibility of proceeding further with it.

We don't know if the Clerk's reluctance to grant this application before inquiries were made as to its legality were ever overcome, which would result in a pension being paid, but Edward Quincey died just over twelve months after this meeting on August 9th 1886, bearing out Mr. Osborne's remark that "it was not likely that he would long be a pensioner on the Board." His gravestone described him as 'Surveyor of this Parish,' just one of several posts he held at the same time as his full-time occupations of innkeeper and butcher.

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