Bishop of Llandaff

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Arms of the Diocese of Llandaff
Pritchard Hughes was honoured by having a Dahlia Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' named for him in 1924

The Bishop of Llandaff is the Ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Llandaff.

Area of authority[edit]

The diocese covers most of the County of Glamorgan. The Bishop's seat is located in the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (the site of a church wrongly said to have been founded in 560 by Saint Teilo), in the village of Llandaff, just north-west of the City of Cardiff. The Bishop's residence is Llys Esgob, The Cathedral Green, Llandaff in Cardiff.

Brief history[edit]

Originally Celtic Christians, the bishops were in communion with Rome from 777 and, since the Reformation of the 1530s, have been members of the Anglican Church in Wales. There is only evidence for the bishops being called 'Bishop of Llandaff' from the early 11th century. Before this, though still ministering to Glamorgan and Gwent, the bishops were called Bishop of Teilo and were almost certainly based at Llandeilo Abbey. The very early bishops were probably based in Ergyng. In medieval records, the bishop is sometimes referred to as the Archbishop of Llandaff. This appears to have been a simple reaction to the claim of St David's to the archiepiscopal title. The current (102nd) Bishop of Llandaff is the Most Reverend Dr Barry Cennydd Morgan; when elected as Bishop in 1999 his official signature was Barry Landav, but once elected Archbishop of Wales in 2003 his Archbishop's signature Barry Cambrensis took precedence. He is supported by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, the Right Reverend David Wilbourne.

List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Llandaff[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office.)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
Diocese of 'Glamorgan and Gwent' - Traditional list
522 to c.550 Dubricius Bishop of Ergyng
c. 550 to c.610 Saint Teilo Bishop of Teilo
c.650 to c.700 Oudoceus
??? to ??? Ubylwinus 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Aedanus 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Elgistil 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Iunapeius 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Comergius 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Arwistil 7th century bishop, probably of Ergyng
??? to ??? Gurvan[disambiguation needed] 8th century bishop, probably of Gwent
??? to ??? Guodloiu 9th century bishop, probably of Gwent
??? to ??? Edilbinus 9th century bishop, probably of Gwent
??? to ??? Grecielis 9th century bishop, probably of Gwent
c.700 to ??? Berthwyn Bishop of Teilo; succeeded Oudoceus according to the Llandaff Charters
??? to ??? Tyrchanus
??? to ??? Elvogus probably a mistake: Elfoddw, Bishop of Bangor
??? to ??? Catguaret
??? to ??? Cerenhir
??? to 874 Nobis Bishop of Teilo; probably the same as the Bishop of St David's
874 to ??? Nudd suggested 1st Bishop of Llandaff
??? to 927 Cimeliauc
927 to 929 Libiau
??? to ??? Wulfrith
??? to ??? Pater
??? to 982 Gugan
982 to 993 Marcluith
993 to 1022 Bledri
Diocese of Llandaff
1022 to 1059 Joseph
1059 to 1107 Herewald
1107 to 1134 Urban Archdeacon of Llandaff
1134 to 1140 vacant For 6 years
1140 to 1148 Uhtred
1148 to 1183 Nicholas ap Gwrgant
1186 to 1191 William de Saltmarsh possibly Prior of Goldcliff, Saltmarsh being still a named part of that parish
1193 to 1218 Henry de Abergavenny Prior of Abergavenny
1219 to 1229 William de Goldcliff A priory established at Goldcliff since 1113
1230 to 1240 Elias de Radnor
1240 to 1244 William de Christchurch
1245 to 1253 William de Burgh
1253 to 1256 John de la Ware
1257 to 1266 William de Radnor
1266 to 1287 William de Braose
1287 to 1297 Philip de Staunton
vacant
According to Prynne, or
According to general consensus
1297 to 1323 John de Monmouth
1323 to 1323 Alexander de Monmouth Elected only
1323 to 1347 John de Egglescliffe Translated from Connor, Ireland
1347 to 1361 John Paschal
1361 to 1382 Rodger Cradock Translated from Waterford, Ireland
1383 to 1385 Thomas Rushhook Confessor to Richard II; translated to Chichester
1385 to 1389 William Bottlesham Titular Bishop of Bethlehem; translated to Rochester
1390 to 1393 Edmund Bromfeld
1394 to 1395 Robert Tideman of Winchcombe Abbot of Beaulieu; translated to Worcester
1395 to 1396 Andrew Barret
1396 to 1398 John Burghill Confessor to Richard II; translated to Lichfield & Coventry
1398 to 1407 Thomas Peverel Translated from Ossory, Ireland; translated to Worcester
1408 to 1423 John de la Zouche
1425 to 1440 John Wells
1440 to 1458 Nicholas Ashby Prior of Westminster
1458 to 1476 John Hunden Prior of King's Langley; resigned
1476 to 1478 John Smith
1478 to 1496 John Marshall
1496 to 1499 John Ingleby Prior of Shene
1500 to 1516 Miles Salley Abbot of Eynsham
1517 to 1537 George de Athequa Chaplain to Queen Catharine (with whom he left Spain for England)
1537 to 1545 Robert Holgate Prior of Wotton; translated to York
1545 to 1563 Anthony Kitchin Abbot of Eynsham
1563 to 1566 vacant For 3 years
1566 to 1574 Hugh Jones
1575 to 1591 William Blethyn Prebendary of York
1591 to 1594 Gervase Babington Prebendary of Hereford; translated to Exeter
1594 to 1601 William Morgan Translated to St Asaph
1601 to 1618 Francis Godwin Canon of Wells; translated to Hereford
1618 to 1619 George Carleton Translated to Chichester
1619 to 1627 Theophilus Feild Rector of Cotton, Suffolk; translated to St David's
1627 to 1639 William Murray Translated from Kilfenora, Ireland
1639 to c.1644 Morgan Owen
c.1644 to 1660 vacant
1660 to 1667 Hugh Lloyd Archdeacon of St David's
1667 to 1675 Francis Davies Archdeacon of Llandaff
1675 to 1679 William Lloyd Prebendary of St Paul's, London; translated to Peterborough
1679 to 1707 William Beaw Vicar of Adderbury, Oxfordshire
1707 to 1724 John Tyler Dean of Hereford
1724 to 1728 Robert Clavering Canon of Christchurch, Oxford; translated to Peterborough
1728 to 1738 John Harris Prebendary of Canterbury
1738 to 1740 Matthias Mawson Rector of Hadstock, Essex; translated to Chichester
1740 to 1748 John Gilbert Dean of Exeter; translated to Salisbury then York
1748 to 1754 Edward Cresset Dean of Hereford
1754 to 1761 Richard Newcome Canon of Windsor; translated to St Asaph
1761 to 1769 John Ewer Canon of Windsor; translated to Bangor
1769 to 1769 Jonathan Shipley Dean of Winchester; translated to St Asaph
1769 to 1782 The Hon Shute Barrington Canon of St Paul's, London; translated to Salisbury and then to Durham
1782 to 1816 Richard Watson Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge; Archdeacon of Ely
18 July 1816 to 1819 Herbert Marsh Translated to Peterborough
15 May 1819 to 1826 William Van Mildert Translated to Durham
1826 to 1827 Charles Sumner Translated to Winchester
1827 to 1849 Edward Copleston died in office
1 November 1849 to 16 December 1882 Alfred Ollivant Canon of St David's, and Regius Professor of Divinity, Cambridge; died in office
16 February 1883 to 1905 Richard Lewis
1905 to 1931 Joshua Pritchard Hughes
1931 to 1939 Timothy Rees
1939 to 1957 John Morgan Archbishop of Wales 1949
1957 to 1971 Glyn Simon DD Translated from Swansea & Brecon, Archbishop of Wales 1968
1971 to 1975 Eryl Thomas Translated from Monmouth
1976 to 1985 John Poole-Hughes MA Translated from Southwest Tanganyika. Assistant Bishop of Llandaff
1985 to 1999 Roy Davies
1999 to present Dr Barry Morgan Translated from Bangor, Archbishop of Wales 2002

References[edit]

  • Joseph Haydn (1894) Haydn's Book of Dignities. Horace Ockerby.
  • Joseph Whitaker (2004) Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004. A&C Black.