Francis Bevans

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Francis Bevans (died 1602) was a lawyer and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1586 to 1602.[1]


Bevans became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1573. He gained a B.C.L. in 1579, a Cambridge LL.B. in 1581, and an Oxford D.C.L. in 1583.[2][3]

Bevans was Principal of New Inn Hall, Oxford in 1585-6, and Principal of Jesus College from 1586 to 1602.[2] He was also chancellor to Herbert Westfaling, Bishop of Hereford, and so spent much of his time as Principal in Hereford.[4] In his absence, Griffith Powell (who was to become Principal himself in 1613) effectively ran the college during much of the time that Bevan was Principal.[5] Bevans died in 1602, the same year as Westfaling.[4]


  1. ^ Baker, J. N. L. (1954). The Victoria History of the County of Oxford Volume III - The University of Oxford. The University of London Institute of Historical Research. p. 278. 
  2. ^ a b "Bevans, Francis (BVNS581F)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Le Neve, John; Hardy, Thomas Duffus (1854). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae: Or A Calendar of the Principal Ecclesiastical Dignitaries in England .. (Google Books web search). p. 575. 
  4. ^ a b Bell, Nancy (1999). "Conservation of the College Charters". The Jesus College Record: 58. 
  5. ^ Baker, J. N. L. (1971). Jesus College 1571-1971. Oxford: Oxonian Press Ltd. p. 13. ISBN 0-9502164-0-2.