Bishop of Bangor

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Bishop of Bangor
Bishopric
Anglican
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Bangor.svg
Incumbent:
Andrew John

Province: Wales
Diocese: Bangor
Cathedral: Bangor Cathedral
First Bishop: Deiniol
Formation: 6th century

The Bishop of Bangor is the Ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Bangor. The diocese covers the counties of Anglesey, most of Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire and a small part of Montgomeryshire. The see is in the city of Bangor where the seat is located at Cathedral Church of Saint Deiniol.

The diocese in the Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd was founded around 546 by Saint Deiniol, and with the rest of Wales, initially resisted the papal mission of St Augustine in Britain. In 1534, the church in England and Wales broke allegiance with the Roman Catholic Church and established the Church of England. After a brief restoration with the Holy See during the reign of Queen Mary I, the diocese remained part of the Anglican Province of Canterbury until the early 20th century. Following the Welsh Church Act 1914, the Welsh dioceses formed the independent Church in Wales within the Anglican Communion on 31 March 1920.

The incumbent is Right Reverend Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor, who was consecrated on 29 November 2008 and enthroned on 24 January 2009. The Bishop's residence is Ty'r Esgob ("Bishop's House") in Bangor.

List of Bishops of Bangor[edit]

Pre-Reformation bishops[edit]

List of Pre-Reformation Bishops of Bangor
From Until Incumbent Notes
unknown unknown Saint Deiniol Also known as Daniel, Daniel Bangorensis; he founded the monastery at Bangor c. 520.
unknown c. 775 Dates and names for this period are not known.
c. 775 c. 811 Elfodd Also known as Elbodug, Ellodu; described as chief bishop of Venedotia, probably Bishop of Bangor. Possibly identical with Elfodd who was bishop of St David's
c. 811 c. 904 Dates and names for this period are not known.
c. 904 c. 940 Mordaf Possibly identical with Morlais who was bishop of St David's
c. 940 c. 1050 Dates and names for this period are not known.
c. 1050 unknown Dyfan
c. 1081 unknown Revedun
1092 1108 Hervey le Breton Also known as Hervæus. Consecrated 1092; forced to flee the diocese in the late 1090s; translated to Ely in 1108.
1109 1120 See vacant
1120 1139 David the Scot Consecrated 4 April 1120; probably died in 1139.
1140 1161 Meurig Maurice; elected before December 1139 and consecrated in late January 1140; died 12 August 1161.
c. 1163 1169 (Arthur of Bardsey) Possibly nominated before October 1163 by Owain Gwynedd and was probably consecrated in Ireland before 1165; he was not accepted by Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and was urged to give up the post in April or May 1169.
1177 c. 1190 Gwion Wido or Guy Rufus; consecrated 22 May 1177; died c. 1190.
el. c. 1193/96 (Rotoland) Subprior of Aberconwy; elected bishop between 1191 and 1196, but nothing further is known.
1195 1196 Alan Alban; formerly Prior of St John of Jerusalem; consecrated 16 April 1195; died in May or December 1196.
1197 1213 Robert of Shrewsbury Consecrated 16 March 1197; died in 1213.
1215 1236 Cadwgan of Llandyfai Martin; elected before 13 April and consecrated 21 June 1215; resigned 1235 or 1236; died 11 April 1241.
1236 (Hywel ap Ednyfed) Elected in 1236, but was never not consecrated.
1236 1267 Richard Elected before 3 July 1236 and consecrated in 1237; absent from the diocese from 1248 to c. 1258; died before 8 November 1267.
1267 1307 Enion Anian; formerly Archdeacon of Anglesey; elected bishop before 12 December 1267; consecrated in 1267 or 1268; received possession of the temporalities 5 January 1268; died before 12 January 1307.
1307 1309 Gruffydd ap Iorwerth Consecrated 26 March 1307; died 27 April 1309.
1309 1328 Einion Sais Elected between 2 May and 18 June 1309; received possession of the temporalities 7 September and consecrated 9 November 1309; died 26 January 1328.
1328 1357 Matthew de Englefeld Madog ap Iowerth; elected 26 February and consecrated 12 June 1328; died between 22 March and 15 April 1357.
1357 (Ithel ap Robert) Elected bishop in 1357, but was quashed by Pope Innocent VI.
1357 1366 Thomas de Ringstead O.P. Appointed 21 August and consecrated after 17 September 1357; died 8 January 1366.
1366 (Alexander Dalby) Nominated by Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales; a papal mandate was issued 29 April 1366 to the Archbishop of Bordeaux that he should hold an inquiry and notify the pope within two months whether Dalby understood Welsh well enough to preach in the language; nothing further is heard.
1366 1370 Gervase de Castro O.P. Appointed 11 December 1366; died 24 September or 30 October 1370.
1371 1372 Hywel ab Goronwy Appointed 21 April 1371; died before 3 February 1372; the Welsh Poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym wrote a poem of praise to him when he was Dean of Bangor.
1372 1375 John Gilbert O.P. Appointed 17 March and received possession of the temporalities 30 April 1372; translated to Hereford 12 September 1375.
c. 1375/76 (Geoffrey Herdeby O.F.S.A.) A petition was sent to the pope for Herdeby to be appointment as bishop, however, Swaffham became bishop instead.
1376 1398 John Swaffham O.Cist Translated from Cloyne 2 July 1276 and received possession of the temporalities 28 October 1376; died 24 June 1398.
1398 (Lewis Aber) Elected before 21 August 1398, but vacated soon afterwards.
1398 1404 Richard Young Appointed 2 December 1398; received possession of the temporalities 20 May 1400; probably consecrated in Rome 1400; absent from the diocese after 1401; translated to Rochester 28 July 1404.
1405 1408 (Lewis Byford) Llywelyn Biford; appointed by Pope Boniface IX; held the diocese from c. 1405 until ejected by Young's appointment in 1408.
1408 1418 (Griffin Young) Appointed by Antipope Benedict XIII in 1408, but was declared void and was appointed to Ross by Pope Martin V on 14 February 1418.
1408 1417 Benedict Nichols Appointed by Pope Gregory XII 18 April and consecrated 12 August 1408; translated to St David's in December 1417.
1418 1423 William Barrow Formerly a Canon of Lincoln; appointed 14 February 1418 and consecrated after 13 October 1419; translated to Carlisle 19 April 1423.
1423 1435 John Clederowe John Cliderow; formerly a Canon of Chichester; appointed 19 April 1423 and consecrated in 1425; died before 13 December 1435.
1436 1448 Thomas Cheriton O.P. Appointed 5 March and received possession of the temporalities 21 November 1436; consecrated 25 November 1436; died 23 December 1447.
1448 1453 John Stanberry O.Carm. John Stanbury; appointed 4 March and received possession of the temporalities 15 May 1448; consecrated 23 June 1448; translated to Hereford 7 February 1453.
1453 1464 James Blakedon OP Translated from Achonry 7 February and received possession of the temporalities 25 March 1453; died before 3 October 1464.
1464 1494 Richard Edenham O.F.M. Richard Edenam; appointed 14 January and consecrated after 18 March 1465; died before 13 April 1494.
1494 1500 Henry Deane O.Can.S.A. Formerly Prior of Llanthony; appointed 4 July 1494; elected 13 September 1494; consecrated 20 November 1495; appointed again 21 July 1496; received possession of the temporalities 6 October 1496; also was Lord Chancellor of Ireland 1494–1495; translated to Salisbury 8 January 1500 and Canterbury in 1501.
1500 1504 Thomas Pigot O.S.B. Appointed 4 May 1500; died 15 August 1504.
1504 1508 John Penny O.Can.S.A. Appointed 30 August and consecrated in 1505; translated to Carlisle 22 September 1508.
1509 1533 Thomas Skevington O.Cist. Thomas Skeffington; formerly Abbot of Waverley; appointed 22 February and consecrated 17 June 1509; died 16 August 1533.
Source(s): [1][2][3][4]

Bishops during the Reformation[edit]

List of Bishops of Bangor during the Reformation
From Until Incumbent Notes
1534 1539 John Capon O.S.B. John Salcot; elected bishop between November 1533 and January 1534; consecrated 19 April 1534; translated to Salisbury 14 August 1539.
1539 1541 John Bird O.Carm. Translated from the suffragan see of Penrith; elected 24 July and received possession of the temporalities 9 September 1539; translated to Chester 4 August 1541.
1541 1552 Arthur Bulkeley Elected 18 November 1541 and consecrated 19 February 1542; died 14 March 1553.
1552 1555 See vacant
1555 1558 William Glyn William Glynn or Glynne; consecrated 8 September 1555; died 21 May 1558.
1558 (Maurice Clenock) Maurice Clynnog; first head of the English College, Rome; elected bishop, but was never consecrated, owing to the change of religion under Elizabeth I of England.
Source(s): [2][4]

Post-Reformation bishops[edit]

List of post-Reformation Bishops of Bangor
From Until Incumbent Notes
1559 1566 Rowland Meyrick Consecrated 21 December 1559; died 24 January 1566.
1566 1585 Nicholas Robinson Consecrated 20 October 1566; died 3 February 1585.
1586 1595 Hugh Bellot Consecrated 30 January 1586; translated to Chester 25 September 1595.
1596 1597 Richard Vaughan Formerly Archdeacon of Middlesex; consecrated 22 January 1596; translated to Chester 9 July 1597.
1598 1616 Henry Rowlands Consecrated 12 November 1598; died 6 July 1616.
1616 1631 Lewis Bayly Consecrated 8 December 1616; died 26 October 1631.
1632 1633 David Dolben Consecrated Circa 23 March 1632; died 27 November 1633.
1634 1637 Edmund Griffith Formerly Dean of Bangor; consecrated 16 February 1634; died 26 May 1637.
1637 1665 William Roberts Formerly Sub-dean of Wells; consecrated 3 September 1637; died 12 August 1665.
1665 1666 Robert Price Died before he was consecrated.
1666 1673 Robert Morgan Formerly Archdeacon of Merioneth; consecrated 1 July 1666; died 1 September 1673.
1673 1689 Humphrey Lloyd Formerly Dean of St Asaph; consecrated 16 November 1673; died 18 January 1689.
1689 1701 Humphrey Humphreys Formerly Dean of Bangor; consecrated 30 June 1689; translated to Hereford 2 December 1701.
1701 1716 John Evans Consecrated 4 January 1702; translated to Meath, Ireland in January 1716.
1715 1721 Benjamin Hoadly Formerly Rector of St Peter's-le-Poor, London; consecrated 18 March 1716; translated to Hereford 7 November 1721.
1721 1723 Richard Reynolds Formerly Dean of Peterborough; consecrated in early 1722; translated to Lincoln 17 June 1723.
1723 1727 William Baker Formerly Warden of Wadham College, Oxford; consecrated 11 August 1723; translated to Norwich 19 December 1727.
1728 1734 Thomas Sherlock Formerly Dean of Chichester; consecrated 4 February 1728; translated to Salisbury 8 November 1734.
1734 1737 Charles Cecil Translated from Bristol in late 1734; died 29 May 1737.
1737 1743 Thomas Herring Formerly Dean of Rochester; consecrated 15 January 1738; translated to York 21 April 1743 then Canterbury in 1747.
1743 1747 Matthew Hutton Consecrated 13 November 1743; translated to York 10 December 1747 then Canterbury in 1757.
1748 1756 Zachary Pearce Formerly Dean of Winchester; consecrated 21 February 1748; translated to Rochester 4 June 1756.
1756 1768 John Egerton Formerly Dean of Hereford; consecrated 4 July 1756; translated to Lichfield 12 November 1768.
1769 1774 John Ewer Translated from Llandaff 10 January 1769; died 28 October 1774.
1774 1783 John Moore Formerly Dean of Canterbury; consecrated 12 February 1775; translated to Canterbury 26 April 1783.
1783 1800 John Warren Translated from St David's 9 June 1783; died 27 January 1800.
1800 1806 William Cleaver Translated from Chester 24 May 1800; then translated to St Asaph after 24 October 1806.
1807 1809 John Randolph Translated from Oxford 6 January 1807; then translated to London 9 August 1809.
1809 1830 Henry Majendie Translated from Chester 5 October 1809; died 9 July 1830.
1830 1859 Christopher Bethell Translated from Exeter 28 October 1830; died 19 April 1859.
1859 1890 Colquhoun Campbell Formerly Archdeacon of Llandaff; consecrated 14 June 1859; resigned in April 1890; died 9 November 1895.
1890 1898 Lewis Lloyd Formerly Headmaster of Friars School, Bangor and Christ College, Brecon; consecrated 24 June 1890; resigned in November 1898; died 4 August 1899.
1899 1924 Watkin Williams Consecrated 2 February 1899; resigned 11 November 1924; died 19 November 1944.
1925 1928 Daniel Davies Consecrated 24 February 1925; died 23 August 1928.
1928 1944 Charles Green Translated from Monmouth; elected 25 September 1928; also was Archbishop of Wales 1934–1944; died 7 May 1944.
1944 1948 David Edwardes Davies Consecrated 25 July 1944; resigned in November 1948; died 15 May 1950.
1949 1956 John Jones Consecrated 6 January 1949; died 13 October 1956.
1957 1982 Gwilym Williams Consecrated 1 May 1957; also was Archbishop of Wales 1971–1982; resigned 30 September 1982; died 23 December 1990.
1982 1992 Cledan Mears Consecrated 21 December 1982; retired in 1992.
1993 1999 Barry Morgan Elected and consecrated in 1993; translated to Llandaff in 1999.[5]
2000 2004 Saunders Davies Elected in 1999; consecrated and enthroned in January 2000; retired 18 February 2004.[6][7]
2004 2008 Anthony Crockett Formerly Archdeacon of Carmarthen and Vicar of Cynwyl Elfed, Cwm Duad and Newchurch; elected 4 May 2004; consecrated 16 July 2004; enthroned 18 September 2004; died in office 30 June 2008.[8]
2008 present Andrew John Consecrated 29 November 2008 and enthroned 24 January 2009.
Source(s): [9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hardy, T. Duffus. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae; or, a Calendar of the Principal Ecclesiastical Dignitaries in England and Wales, and of the Chief Officers in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge from the Earliest Times to the Year MDCCXV, Corrected and Continued to the Present Time, Vol. I, "Bangor". Oxford Univ. Press, 1854. Accessed 18 Feb 2013.
  2. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 290–291. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  3. ^ Bishops of Bangor - 1073–1307. British History Online. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b Bishops of Bangor - 1267–1553. British History Online. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  5. ^ Author Biographies: Barry Morgan. Gomer Press. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  6. ^ Bishop stands down after 40 years [ministry service]. BBC, dated 30 November 2003.
  7. ^ Bishop of Bangor to retire. Church Times, dated 5 December 2003.
  8. ^ Bishop of Bangor dies after cancer battle. WalesOnline, dated 30 June 2008.
  9. ^ Fryde, ibid., pp.291–292.