Culdee of Glastonbury Effective Charters on Glasonbury Monks being Sovereign equals to the Monarch.
500 books widely available on the topic of Glastonbury being the first above ground church.
As known the world over: "the most hallowed ground on earth", "The Sacred Isle", "The Motherland", "the Old Church", "the Mother of Saints" "the Second Rome", "the Cradle of Christianity", "Built by the Hands of God Himself", "the fountain and origin of all religion", "built by the hands of Christ Himself (- Augustine's own admission)".
Apostolic Succession of Senior Clerics of Glastonbury
Our Lord Prior follows both aspects of Apostolic Succession. Inheritance law through blood rights, and via Bishop anointing lines who trace back to Saint David who was first to build and add onto the wattle Church built by Christ Himself. Click here to see his widely recognized Bishop lines as an Apostolic confirmed and anointed successor of the Glastonbury ministry. Click here to see some of his blood lines as is in inheritance law as it relates to the Culdee and Royal Charters of Glastonbury.
Valid Apostolic Succession
Rome’s current “Apostolic Succession” follows a more relaxed and liberal form of Apostolic Succession.
The Celtic Culdee and the Gothic Rite of Succession is universally accepted to be the more orthodox form of Apostolic Succesion from Glastonbury and Jerusalem. The priesthood being handled as inheritance from family first, then secondly as recognition, consecration and blessing by other Bishops.
Numerous Papal Bulls have ratified and re-ratified the Old Culdee and Gothic church to have a more senior practice of confirming Bishops in Apostolic Succession. Many Popes of Rome fully recognized the more senior church of Glastonbury.
Four of these Popes are documented herein.
The important element of cross referencing the genealogies is widely catalogued in the “Welsh Pedigrees of Saints”(also known as “the St. Ynys Prydain, or Pedigrees of the Saints of Britain”). It is one great work that demonstrates the original Culdee rites of Succession.
A quick look at history demonstrates that for more than 75% of church history the clergy of Rome were married. It's only recently that this trend of unmarried has really taken root, although it is honourable and in spiritual warfare can save one's life.
Saint Leofric, a Lotharingian Priest, who was made Court Bishop of Edward the Confessor and the Earl of Mercia/Coventry, was successor of his Grandfather, and (4 generations G.G.G.G. Grandfather) who bore the same name. See the introduction of the Leofric Missal, footnote on page 29:
The current form of Roman “Apostolic Succesion” often violates these catalogued Inheritance laws of the Bible, that is handed from father to son. Britain had more Bishops than Rome in the first 1,000 years. Glastonbury also buried more Saints. Of these Saints hardly any ever recognized the Pope to be any more than an equal Bishop.
The fact that many Popes of Rome were married is often overlooked. Even the Popes of Rome had their sons inherit their office as “Bishop of Rome”. Celibacy was never completely enforced even within the Papacy until much recently.
“130 Saints before Augustine in Britain” are widely recognized. These had often registered their pedigrees as documented back to the original Hebrew church of YAHWEH. As is in the Books of the “Welsh Genealogies of Saints” etc.
Inheritance law is vast. It all reverts to the Hebrew law of the firstborns or (royal primogeniture house law). Which is backed up by many covenants the world over.
Some who think genealogy doesn’t matter at all are mistaken. The law of YAHWEH requires 10 generations be documented (when in question) even to be allowed to enter the congregation. (Deuteronomy 23:2) Until recently you couldn’t inherit any land in England unless you could demonstrate 10 generations of your genealogy.
Inheritance of the Clerics of Glastonbury
A charter of King Inna of England described our See as,
“Ecclesia Britannia prima, et fons et origo totius religonis”. (The first church of Brittany, and the fountain and origin of all religion.)
It was in 725 AD that King Inna of England carried this charter to Pope St. Gregory II at Rome, who confirmed this independence not only to be valid, but to be for all successors for perpetuity.
Within this charter King Inna recognized all past rights of Glastonbury from all his predecessors (see document “130 Saints before Augustine in Britain” for many references to earlier decrees of Kings). King Inna again reiterated the many exemptions and rights of the Glastonbury Monks. In relation to the matter of Papal Apostolic Succession, it is relevant that they had re-ratified the independence of Glastonbury from all Bishops.
King Edgar in the 10th century also re-ratified the Independence of Glastonbury. One of rights being that all Abbots of Glastonbury are chosen out of their own body of Monks. Concerning the many privileges, rights and immunities extending to the Monks, he caused first to be confirmed in a synod of bishops and nobles assembled in London, and afterwards sent them to Rome, where they were also confirmed by a bull of Pope John the Thirteenth.
In his charters he described Glastonbury as ‘the first church in the kingdom built by the disciples of Christ’. He not only confirmed all the privileges and donations of the predecessors, but he also decreed the many grants to extend to their predecessors for all perpetuity.
Several of his predecessor’s grants to the Abbey included, King Edward, Alfred, Kentwyn, Ina, Cuthred and even Avarigus who granted the original twelve hides to be tax free for ever.
He discharged them from several burdens, duties, contributions, and subjections; and gave them a right and power to receive fines, punish malefactors, and of enjoying their lands as free from all claims as he enjoyed his own, especially the town of Glastonbury itself. These privileges in the charter are thus called, Burghbrice, hundredsoena, Athas, Ordelas, Infangentheofas, Homsocna, Frithbrice, Foresealle, Toll and Teame.
The Court Bishop of the Danish King Knut(or Canute) the Great was Sigfrid, a Monk of Glastonbury.
In 1032 King Canute the Dane came to Glastonbury with Archbishop Æthelnoth of Canterbury to pray at the tomb of the King Edmund Ironside of Wessex, whom he used to call his brother, and there gave a very rich pall to lay on King Edmund's tomb, embroidered with apples of gold and pearls ; and at the same time confirmed all the privileges that his predecessors had granted to this monastery.
Abbot Henry of Blois (1098/9 – 8 August 1171) [son of William the Conqueror’s daughter] procured from the successive kings and popes whom he
had outlived, confirmations of all the possessions and privileges of Glastonbury ; these confirmations were made by the Popes Innocent II., Alexander III.,
and by the three kings, Henry I., Stephen, and Henry II.
In the charter granted by Henry II (1185) for rebuilding Glastonbury, he styles it ‘the mother and burying-place of the saints, founded by the very disciples of our Lord’.
In Germany King Richard I was taken hostage by Duke Leopold of Austria and wasn’t released until he agreed to annex the Abbotship of Glastonbury to his cousin, Savaricus who was ArchDeacon of Northhampton. He made him Bishop of Bath and Wells and ultimately exerted a fraudulent authority over Glastonbury.
In Speed’s “Chronology of England” Henry II’s charter was again confirmed by King Edward III in his charter for Glastonbury Abbey.
His father, Edward II, is recorded to have done the same on November 12, 1313 in Westminster. Text in “Calendar of Charter Rolls of Edward I and II” reads, “Inspexiumus and confirmation of a charter of Henry II, dated at Westminster, in favour of the Abbot and convent of Glastonbury” (Original manuscript: “Monasticon”, Vol. I, p. 62.)
The Martyrdom of the Priest Jacob Kaiser Schlosser which sparked the Swiss wars of the 1400’s-1500’s was over the subject of the older Culdee succession of his sons into the priesthood. He taught the literal Biblical practice of marriage and succession of children into the priesthood. These teachings are recorded to have been brought to Switzerland from Saint Columba. His compatriot Zwingli vindicated him. The Peace Treaty he won afterj expelling the celibate Roman priests, included terminology that the pope would pay money to Jacob Kaiser Schlosser’s orphan sons.
The Kaiser-Schlosser dynasty continued on as Theologians and Priests of the German Evangelical Church for another 500 years thereafter. At the Coronation Ceremonies, the Emperors of Germany preferred to be anointed by his Evangelical Priests rather than be Crowned by Rome.
Many wars, inquisitions and even Crusades have been executed against these more orthodox Waldensian, Gothic and Culdee orders of Europe. This is for great reason. The reason is because our way is more powerful, and is the real thing from YAHWEH God of Israel. Like the Saducees in the first century that were driven into the wilderness like John the Baptist (the blue tunic army of Joseph of Arimathea).
However, still triumphantly in all Western and Eastern realms of God’s church, the Priests have continued to practice marriage and proper succession.
After Henry VIII destroyed the Glastonbury Abbey, the many satellite institutes came more into prominence.
One successor inheritor of Glastonbury (John Nott) who refused to sign Henry VIII’s act of supremacy, later appealed to Queen Elizabeth for reinstating Glastonbury to himself as the only surviving Monk who refused to sign. Later his successor John Nott became a Judge and leader who created the first Glastonbury Militia and borders within the state of Connecticut in America. He was the land surveyor, Chief Judge, and Militia commander who setup, commanded and settled these matters for Glastonbury within his domain of Wethersfield Connecticut. As the primary lawman it’s believed he penned America’s first constititution (the first Articles of Confederation in 1639) where it mentions no earthly powers. It mentions the government’s purpose is for the freedom to maintain the purity of the Gospel of our King Jesus.
His firstborn successor is active in the Gothic and Culdee priesthood.
The Hereditary Leaders
The following text is from the pages 176 to 180, get the book “Celtic Church in Britain”
by Hardinge. Bibliography included.
THE HEREDITARY LEADERS
The founder or holy man to whom the original grant of land had
been made was called the patron saint of the monastery or Christian
community. The importance of his position can hardly be
exaggerated. A gloss of the law tract Succession thus eulogized this
person and office. He is one(24)
who is the noblest; who is the highest;
who is the wealthiest; the shrewdest; the wisest; who is popular as
to compurgation; who is most powerful to sue; the most firm to sue
for profits and losses. And: every body defends its members, if a
goodly body, well-deeded, well-moralled, affluent, capable. The body
of each is his tribe. There is no body without a head.
That this description applies with equal force to the leader
of "the tribe of the church" is corroborated by the Cain
The leader of the Christian settlement originally possessed
the land, buildings, and the right of succession, which depended
upon him and the tribe to which he belonged. Not only in Ireland
but also in Wales abbatal tenancy was hereditary.(26) This tribal and
hereditary occupancy was not solely of Celtic origin among Celtic
Christians, it also had its authorization in the Liber ex Lege
Moisi. Priests were chosen only from the tribe of Levi, and
especially from the family of Aaron, and succeeded their fathers
to holy office, and also to the possession of the sacred cities
with their suburbs. This certainly looks like the authority for
the Celtic Christians to continue the hereditary succession of
druid and Brehon in their own Christian communities. But while
hereditary laws applied, this did not preclude the aspiring
Brehon's fitting himself for his task through study. The
Christianized laws provided for almost every eventuality to
ensure that a suitable successor be selected for the leadership
of each community.
The simplest application of this regulation of hereditary
succession was to a suitable son of the original founder-abbot,
as is evidenced by this couplet from the law tracts:
The successor should be
The son of the abbot in the pleasant church
A fact established by sense.(27)
This successor was called a "coarb". Later hagiographers
went to great lengths to establish him as the "heir" of the
This enabled all the wealth and prestige of the monastery to
remain in the property of the heir. After the Viking period he
was called the "erenach" or airchinnech. Giraldus Cambrensis
noted that "the sons, after the deaths of their fathers,
succeeded to the ecclesiastical benefice, not by election, but by
Should the abbot have no son, or be a "virgin abbot", a
suitable person was to be chosen from "the tribe of the patron
saint who shall succeed to the church as long as there shall be a
person fit to be an abbot of the said tribe of the patron saint;
even though there should be but a psalm-singer of them, it is he
that will obtain the abbacy".(29) Coemgen "ordained that the erenagh
in his church should be habitually of the children and posterity
of Dimma".(30) But should neither the son of the abbot nor a suitable
person from the tribe of the saint be forthcoming, the law
provided for a third source:
Whenever there is not one of that tribe fit to be an abbot,
it [the abbacy] is to be given to the tribe to whom the land
belongs, until a person fit to be an abbot of the tribe of
the patron saint, shall be qualified; and when he is, it
[the abbacy] is to be given to him, if he be better than the
abbot of the tribe to whom the land belongs, and who has
taken it. If he [the former] is not better, it is only in
his turn he shall succeed.(31)
It occasionally happened that junior members of "the tribe
of the church" obtained grants of land on their own behalf in the
neighbourhood, and set up subsidiary communities of Christian
believers. These were regarded as extensions of the original
church or monastery. On some occasions a foster-son of the Church
settled with a few companions at a little distance, or perhaps
even across the sea. All these ancillary houses were regarded as
being legally bound to the original settlement of the patron
saint and were under the jurisdiction of his "heirs". The law
If a person fit to be an abbot has not come of the tribe of
the patron saint, or of the tribe to whom the land belongs,
the abbacy is to be given to one of the fine-manach class
until a person fit to be an abbot, of the tribe of the
patron saint, or of the tribe to whom the land belongs,
should be qualified; and when there is such a person, the
abbacy is to be given to him in case he is better.(32)
The term fine-manach grade described an inferior member of
the "tribe of the church" who was a tenant on the ecclesiastical
lands; or it might also indicate members of the Church who had
established places for themselves, or it might even include the
"people who give the church valuable goods".(33) The law took care of
all eventualities thus:
If a person fit to be an abbot has not come of the tribe of
the patron saint, or of the tribe of the grantor of the
land, or of the manach class, the "anoint" church shall
receive it, in the fourth place; a dalta church shall
receive it in the fifth place; a compairche church shall
obtain it in the sixth place; a neighbouring till church
shall obtain it in the seventh place.(34)
The "anoint" church was the one in which the patron saint
had been educated, or in which he had been buried. The dalta
church was one established by a foster-son or pupil in the
monastic settlement. A compairche church was one under the
jurisdiction of the patron saint, but situated at some distance.
A neighbouring church was one which, though not under the
authority of the patron saint, was simply located at a not too
great distance from it.
Should all these sources prove unavailing, the monks were to
select a suitable person from among the "pilgrims"(35) who had
sought sanctuary or hospitality among them, or even a responsible
layman might temporarily rule until he found some one more
suitable.(36) This practice gave rise to many anomalies through the
centuries. The coarbs were not always bishops nor even priests.
In Kildare they were always females. There is also a record
of a female coarb of St Patrick at Armagh. The one who inherited
the rights of the patron saint was a chieftain of considerable
power in the ecclesiastical community. The Annals contain a
nearly complete list of the abbots or coarbs, but do not indicate
successive bishops, who were more often than not in subjection to
the coarb-abbot, and who did not succeed one another. The names
in the Annals of the successors of Patrick are often called
abbots, while some are called bishops as well as abbots, and
others are styled simply bishops, and still others merely coarbs
of St Patrick. Nothing in this last title shows whether he was a
bishop or not. It is therefore well nigh impossible to trace
episcopal succession in Armagh. The coarbs of Patrick might be
bishop, priest, layman, or even a woman.(37) In the eleventh century
this anomalous situation still existed in Ireland. Bernard wrote
There had been introduced by the diabolical ambition of
certain people of rank a scandalous usage whereby the Holy
See [Armagh] came to be obtained by heritary succession. For
they would allow no person to be promoted to the bishoprick
except such as were of their own tribe and family. Nor was
it for any short period that this succession had continued,
nearly fifteen generations having been already exhausted in
this course of iniquity.(38)
Before the time of Celsus eight of these coarbs had been
married men. After Malachy had been elected to office by the
Roman party, he strove to bring Armagh and its succession into
line with canonical practice.
MEN, WOMEN, FAMILIES
The composition of the early Celtic monastic household may
be discovered from the sources. The Catalogue of the Saints of
Ireland recorded that the original Christians, who were drawn to
the faith by Patrick and his successors, were "all bishops, ...
founders of churches ... They rejected not the services and
society of women, because, founded on the rock Christ, they
feared not the blast of temptation. This order of saints
continued for four reigns,(39) that is, to 5. T. Olden long ago
strove to establish that this introduction of women into monastic
households was as consorts or spiritual wives.(40) It would seem
less far-fetched to suggest that at the initial stage celibacy
was not enforced. Communities of men and women living together as
families were more likely in vogue. S. H. Sayce pointed this out
when he wrote: "As in Egypt so in the Celtic Church the
monasterium or collegium was an assemblage of huts in which the
monks, both cleric and lay, lived with their wives and families."(41)
In the Irish laws provisions covering the various members of
the monastic family are found. They recognized "virgin" and
married clerics of all grades, even lay recluses:
There is a virgin bishop ... the virgin priest ... a bishop
of one wife(42) ... a virgin clerical student ... a clerical
student of one wife(43) ... a lay recluse ... of virginity ...
lay recluses who are without virginity, if they be beloved
of God, and their works great, if their miracles are as
numerous, or if they are more numerous, in the same way that
Peter and Paul were to John, and in the same way Anthony and
So there were evidently in Irish ecclesiastical
"virgin bishops", "virgin priests", "virgin abbots", and "virgin
clerical students", besides "virgin lay recluses". There were
also apparently married bishops, priests, abbots, clerical
students, and lay recluses. A comparison of the status enjoyed by
the "virgin" and married persons shows that virginity was held to
be superior. But being the "husband of one wife" did not debar a
man from any clerical office, not even that of recluse. In fact
the law goes out of its way to protect from censure or contempt
"lay recluses who are without virginity if they be beloved of
God". And so the writers of the "Lives" noted that the steward of
Cadoc had a daughter,(45) while Cadoc himself had a "son-in-law",(46)
and his father a "monastery".(47) The laws deplored "the son of a
religious without an hour for his order".(48)
24. ALI IV, 375.
25. ALI II, 279-381.
26. Life of Samson, xvi.
27. ALI IV, 383.
28. Giraldus Cambrensis, Gemma Ecclesiastica, Disert. II, 22; cf. H.C. Lea, History of Sacerdotal Celibacy I, 347, 360-4.
29. ALI III, 73.
30. LSBL, 11. 815-18.
31. ALI III, 73-9.
32. ALI III, 73.
33. ALI II, 345.
34. ALI III, 75.
35. AFM, 437, 441.
36. TLP I, 69.
37. For a discussion of this topic see W.H. Todd, St Patrick, 171-2, and W. Reeves, Ecclesiastical Antiquities, 136.
38. Life of Malachy, 45.
39. Skene, Scotland II, 12, 13.
40. T. Olden, “On the sonsortia of the first order of Irish saints”, PRIA, 3rd Series, II, no. 3 (1894), 415-20.
41. A.H. Sayce, “The Indebtedness of Celtic Christianity to Egypt”, Scottish Ecclesiological Society Transactions III (1912), 257; cf. H.C. Lea, History of Sacerdotal Celibacy I, 96; II, 316.
42. ALI IV, 363-5.
43. ALI IV, 369.
44. ALI IV, 367.
45. LCBS, 343.
46. LCBS, 348.
47. LCBS, 356.
48. ALI III, 63.
Relevant abbreviations: ALI (Ancient Laws of Ireland, ed. Hancock), LSBL (Lives of the Saints from the Book of Lismore, see WS), AFM (Annals of the Four Masters, ed. O’Donovan), TLP (The Tripartite life of Patrick, ed. WS), WS (Whiteley Stokes), LCBS (Lives of the Cambro British Saints, Rees).
The Culdee original Hebrew law is clear. First tribal inheritance, firstborn branch laws, like it says Zadok's sons, Phineas' sons, all first born lines of Levi. This hereditary succession is evident everywhere. For example just look where most of the population is named "sons of Aaron", the Irish people. Ireland was a hotbed for the Culdees and still maintains an independence as well. Their kinship for example through Saint Columba, Saint Patrick and numerous other Irish priests who helped maintain the great legacy of Glastonbury. We can go on and on to show this was key. Ordination and laying on of hands for ordaining into office then followed. God's law says respect the ancient landmark. This should be the final word, on the weightier evidence, when deciding the rightful owners of Glastonbury or any Hebrew Culdee See.