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William Akroyd, or Aikerode, was the son of Richard Akroyd of Hebden Bridge. He was ordained deacon in 1463 and priest in 1464, both at York. In 1477 he was appointed rector of Long Marston, a post he held until his death in 1518.
By his will, Akroyd left lands in Batley to fund a boy either of his own kin, or from Long Marston or Hutton, to attend the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. These scholarships became known as Akroyd Exhibitions.
Today the scholarships are administered by The William Akroyd Trust.
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The Surtees Society, 'Testamenta Eboracensia. A Selection of Wills from the Registry at York,' Volume V (Edinburgh, 1884)
Archiepiscopal Register of Laurence Booth, Archbishop of York, 1452-1464