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Abbots of Talley

A list of the known abbots of Talley

Iorwerth (Gervase): ?-1215.
Iorwerth resigned from office in 1215 when he was elected to the see of St David’s.

‘G’: occurs as abbot 1215x29.

Gruffudd (Griffin, Gruffin): should perhaps be identified with ‘G’ above.
He is mentioned as abbot in April 1239.

‘E’: appears as abbot in May 1281.

Simon: occurs as abbot in December 1284.

Thomas of Pagham: mentioned as abbot in July 1347.

Rees ap David: appears as abbot in the time of the Black Prince, 1343x44.

Rees ap Jevan: occurs as abbot in September 1381, April 1382 and January 1383.

Morgan: mentioned as abbot in July 1409 and February 1416.

David ap Yevan: mentioned as abbot in May 1430.

David: perhaps to be identified with David ap Yevan, above, he occurs as abbot of Talley in February 1433 and May 1346.

Morgan: appears as abbot in October 1468.

David: occurs as abbot in June 1473 and on various occasions until January 1493.

David: appears as abbot in July 1504 and on various occasions until August 1518. He is perhaps to be equated with the David who is mentioned as the prebendary cursal of St David’s in July 1504.

David ap Jevan: ?-1519.
David died in November 1519 and the following month a petition was made for the election of his successor. Nevertheless the abbacy was still vacant in January 1520.

An unnamed abbot of Talley had died by November 1528 at Oxford leaving an inventory of his goods.

Retherie Jone (Rydderigh, Rotherii) or Roderic Johns (ap John): appears as abbot of Talley in October 1522 and on various occasions until the dissolution of the house. In May 1537 he was given dispensation to hold a benefice with change of habit and is referred to as former abbot of Talley.

Sites associated with this person

Talley Abbey, Carmarthenshire

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. 198, 288

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, II, 1216-1377, ed. D. M. Smith and V. London (CUP: Cambridge, 2001) p. 511

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, III, 1377-1540, ed. David M. Smith (CUP: Cambridge, 2008) pp. 585-6


 
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