The following ordinance setting out the Warden's duties is very quaint:—
If the Warden shall, in anything, neglect his duty and swerve from the orders and statutes of the said College or Hospital then being in force, in regard he should be a light and lanterne to the rest, and his bad example very pernicious to the whole company; the two Assistants shall hear and determine any question arising between him and the thirty Brethren or Sisters, or any of them; and if in their judgments he shall appear faulty, they do admonish him thereof, as also of any other error they shall observe in him, toties quoties, to the third admonition and thereupon to advertise the heirs male of the body of the said Robert, Earl of Dorset, and he either to cause the Warden to reform himself or else to expell and displace him if he continue obstinate and perverse.
The following condition is now more honoured in the breach than the observance, but it shows that the introduction of tobacco had by no means met with universal favour in 1631:—
If either the Warden or any brother or sister do take any tobacco in the house, or keep any in the said Colledge or Hospitall, shall forfeit five shillings, to be deducted out of his or her next quarter's wages . . . for that the same is offensive to many, procureth much drinking and other inconveniences most meet to be forborn by all and used by none.
The ordinances further set forth that the Warden, the assistants and all the inmates should dine together each quarter day " at their equal charges, soe it be not respectively under twelve pence and not above two shillings a peece, the Warden to be double to any of the others."
The Warden had further to see the " Brethren and Sisters morning and evening, to meet at a certain due hour in their Chappel, there to pray, serve, honour and praise Almighty God," and he, or such as he might appoint, was to read the service and prayers.
The name of the first Warden is now unknown. Appended are brief particulars of all his successors:—
2. William Yargis was appointed in 1638. He had been joint collector and procurator for the College since 1629. He was buried in the Parish Church on April 6th, 1646.
3. The Rev. Reyner Herman was appointed on July 7th, 1646, and held the office ten years. He carried on a Grammar School, and among his pupils was Richard Kidder, afterwards Bishop of Bath and Wells.