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Name  Edward Free
Died  1843

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Education  St John's College, Oxford

The Reverend Edward Drax Free DD (1764–1843) was an English clergyman.

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The youngest son of a clergyman, Edward Drax Free became a member of St John's College, Oxford, where he proceeded to the degrees of BA, MA, BD, and DD and was eventually elected to a Fellowship. He was also appointed Vicar of St Giles' Church, Oxford.

In Oxford he lived a very scandalous life and was on the verge of being expelled from St John's College when he was appointed Rector of the Church of All Saints, Sutton, Bedfordshire in 1808.

It is alleged that he stole the lead off his own church roof to sell for scrap. He also impregnated several of his housekeepers, allowed swine to desecrate the graveyard, and had been publicly abusive, both sober and drunk.

His downfall came when he attempted to get the churchwarden Montagu Burgoyne fined for non-attendance at church using a law passed during the reign of Elizabeth I. He was removed from his living at the parish in 1830.

He died in 1843 when a cart hit him in a road accident.


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