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Abbots of Llantarnam

A list of the known abbots of Llantarnam

Walter: occurs as abbot 1193x1218.

Kenweryc (Cynwrig): occurs as abbot of Llantarnam in July 1227.

Anian: occurs as abbot in January 1280.

Griffin: occurs as abbot in October 1313.

David: occurs as abbot of the house in the mid-fourteenth century.
A sixteenth-century account refers to him as presiding some two hundred years ago.

John: occurs as abbot in February 1377 and December 1383.

John ap Gruffyd (Gryffyt): ?-1400.
John was described as abbot of Llantarnam in February 1377 but had died by 1400. The Chronicle of Usk describes how John had restored the house after it had accidentally been burned down. Read more.

John ap Hywel (Hoel, Powal): 1400-1405.
John succeeded to office in 1400 but was killed in May 1405 when Usk Castle was attacked at the Battle of Pwll Melyn.

Stephen: 1431-?
Stephen was blessed in December 1431 and occurs as abbot of the house in June 1462. He should perhaps be identified with Stephen Went who was a monk of the house and ordained to the priesthood in 1426.

William Nunam: is mentioned as abbot in March 1465.

John: occurs as abbot of the house in June 1476 and 1496.

Morgan Blethyn: is mentioned as abbot of the house in November 1508 and October 1518 and may have been cited in a document of January 1533.

Jasper Thomas alias ap Roger: ?-1536.
Jasper occurs as abbot of the house in February 1533 and on various occasions until the suppression of the abbey in 1536.

Sites associated with this person

Llantarnam Abbey, Torfaen

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, I, 940-1216, ed. D. Knowles, C. Brooke and V. London (London, 1972; 2001) pp. 136, 272

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, II, 1216-1377, ed. D. M. Smith and V. London (CUP: Cambridge, 2001) p. 290

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, III, 1377-1540, ed. David M. Smith (CUP: Cambridge, 2008) pp. 306-7


 
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