Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Advowson, in the Church of England, the perpetual right of presentation to a vacant benefice; it is of three kinds: - (1) Presentative, when the patron presents his clerk to the bishop, who institutes him; (2) Collative, when the bishop owns the advowson, in which case he presents as well as institutes the clerk; and (3) Donative, where no presentation is necessary, because the king, or some licensed subject, has founded the church, not subject to the bishop. An advowson attached to a manor is termed an advowson appendant, but when sold to a purchaser becomes an advowson in gross.