Robert Wolfall fonds. — approx. 1578, 1978.
1 cm of textual records.
54 photographs : negatives, some prints.

Biographical Sketch:

Robert Wolfall ([1544?]-1610) was born in 1544 or 1545 at Wolfall in Lancaster, England.  He was educated at Eton College before entering King’s College, Cambridge in 1562. He was ordained deacon and priest in1569 and appointed rector of the parish of Christon, Somerset. In 1570, he became vicar of West Harptree, Somerset, serving for 41 years. In 1578, Wolfall served as chaplain for Martin Frobisher on his voyage to the North-West, and in August of that year, held what is considered to have been the first Anglican Communion Service in Canada.

Custodial History:

Gift from Dr. Walter Kenyon, Royal Ontario Museum in 1978. From the Edward Fenton journal from Manuscript 1125 in the Pepys Library.  Edward Fenton was lieutenant general of Frobisher’s fleet.  Ordination certificate received from T.R. Millman.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of a photograph of a prayer, handwritten by Wolfall during the voyage with Frobisher.  Included are several edited typescript versions of the prayer, a photograph of Wolfall’s signature and photocopy of his ordination certificate.  Photographs were produced for the General Synod Archives exhibition in 1978, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first Communion service in Canada.

Notes:

Title based on contents of fonds.

Restrictions to Access: Not to be reproduced or published in any form without consent

General Notes:

GSA holds publications about Wolfall in the historical library.

The photographs from the Robert Wolfall fonds are located in P8203.

Repository:

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.

Accession numbers:  M78-12