William Blethyn

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William Blethyn
Bishop of Llandaff
Bishop Hugh Jones and Bishop William Blethyn.jpg
William Blethyn (right) and Hugh Jones
Church Church of England
See Diocese of Llandaff
In office 1575–1591
Predecessor Hugh Jones
Successor Gervase Babington
Personal details
Died 1591

William Blethyn was a prebendary of York and a bishop of Llandaff. He died in 1591.


Blethyn was reputed to have been born at Shirenewton Hall, a large country house at Shirenewton in Monmouthshire,[1] although his descendants were also said to have resided at Dinham, in a mansion on the site later occupied by Great Dinham Farm.[2]

He was educated at Oxford, at either New Inn Hall or Broadgates Hall. He took orders, became archdeacon of Brecon in 1567 and also bishop of Llandaff in 1575, holding several livings at the same time in order to boost the scanty endowments of the see. [3] Blethyn made efforts to maintain the fabric of his cathedral.

He died in October 1590, leaving three sons, and was buried in the church of Mathern. [3]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainMiller, Arthur (1886). "Blethyn, William". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 215. 

Glyn Simon: Enthronement Sermon September 1957 (Friends of Llandaff Cathedral Report 1958)

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Jones
Bishop of Llandaff
Succeeded by
Gervase Babington