That was not the case, because Mr. Mowll was a member of the Church of England and a sidesman.
And then very quietly he stole one mole-like look into his sidesman's face.
A stickler was a sidesman to a fencer, so called because he carried a stick, wherewith to part the combatants.
"I'm sorry my nephew made a noise," said John to the sidesman.
He obeyed passively, became a sidesman, and in due course vicar's warden.
Whether the John of 1646 was the same as the sidesman of 1605 or not, he was certainly buried in the parish.
Mr. Ransome was sidesman at the Parish Church, and at no time was the Headache compatible with being sidesman.