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Abbots of Cwmhir

A list of the known abbots of Cwmhir.

Meurig: ?-1184, when he died.

Canaucus: occurs as abbot in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

Rind: occurs as abbot c. 1201.

G(wrgeneu): occurs as abbot 1215x29. He should perhaps be identified with the Gwrgenau who was prior of Cwmhir in 1206.

'A': occurs as abbot in July 1227.

Philip: occurs c. 1241 as abbot of the house.

Griffin: ?-1261; he died in September 1261.

Cadwgan: occurs as abbot in May 1276 and should perhaps be identified with Cadwgan Ap Yeva (below).

Cadwgan Ap Yeva (Caducus, Caducanus): he is the unnamed abbot described as recently made abbot in a document of December 1279 and presided as abbot of Cwmhir from at least 1278. He may have been preceded by another Cadwgan who officiated from 1276-8 (above). Cadwgan occurs as abbot in 1281 and June 1297.

Dafydd (David) Las: David was abbot of Cwmhir in November 1352 when the archbishop of Canterbury wrote to the bishop of St Asaph regarding his intrusion into the abbacy at Strata Marcella.

John: occurs as abbot in 1381 View details

Lewis: occurs as abbot in July 1446.

Owain ap Dafydd (David): occurs as abbot in June 1475 and is perhaps to be identified with Owain Ellis (below).
Owain was a monk of Cwmhir and was ordained in 1458-9. He may have had an illegimate son named Geoffrey who occurs in 1485.

Owain Ellis: occurs 1490.

Humphrey: occurs as abbot from September 1491 to January 1494.

Owain: occurs as abbot in 1494 and 1496.

Thomas: occurs as abbot in 1502 and in a document that may date to August 1507.

William Jones (Johns): ?-1516 when he resigned from office.
Following his resignation John was granted a pension and was in receipt of this in 1537. Smith, [Heads, III, p. 261], suggests that he was perhaps the William Johns, monk of Cwmhir, who resided at the abbey's Carnaff Grange c. 1530.

Richard Vaughan or Vayn: 1516-?
Richard occurs as abbot from 1516 and on various occasions until February 1528.

William: occurs in 1518.

Geoffrey Davys: appears as abbot in April 1533.

John Glyn (Glyne, Glynn, ?Elyn): 1534-37.
John had previously served as abbot of Dore, Herefordshire, but was deprived of office c. 1528/9 on account of negligence. John was abbot of Cwmhir at its dissolution.

Sites associated with this person

Cwmhir Abbey, Powys

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. 126, 270

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, II, 1216-1377, ed. D. M. Smith and V. London (CUP: Cambridge, 2001) p. 258

The Heads of Religious Houses in England and Wales, III, 1377-1540, ed. David M. Smith (CUP: Cambridge, 2008) p. 261