GRIFFITH, EDMUND (1570-1637), bishop

Name: Edmund Griffith
Date of birth: 1570
Date of death: 1637
Spouse: Gwen ferch Morris ap Gruffydd
Parent: Griffith ap John Griffith
Gender: Male
Occupation: bishop
Area of activity: Religion

b. in 1570, the fourth son of Griffith ap John Griffith of Cefn Amwlch, Llŷn (see the article on that family). Educated at Brasenose, Oxford (B.A. 1589; M.A. 1592; B.D. 1599), he became rector of Llandwrog 1596-1637, canon of Bangor 1600, sinecure rector of Llanfor, Mer. 1601, rector of Llanbedrog 1604, archdeacon of Bangor 1606, dean of Bangor 1613-33, and bishop of Bangor 1633-7. By his wife Gwen, daughter of Morris ap Gruffydd of Methlan, Llŷn [ J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees, 271], he had fifteen children. He died 26 May 1637.

As dean, his relations with bishop Lewis Bayly were strained. They quarrelled over the administration of Friars School, Bangor, and their many differences brought them before the star chamber and the privy council. Their enmity probably formed part of the greater feud between John Griffith of Cefn Amwlch, the dean's nephew, and Sir John Wynn of Gwydir, supported by the bishop (see under Sir John Wynn, and Griffith family of Cefn Amwlch). As bishop, he was accused by parishioners of Bangor in January 1637 of having appointed churchwardens who levied an illegal rate for the maintenance of the cathedral fabric and, in the same month, the parishioners of Beddgelert petitioned him against the appointment of a non-preaching and non- Welsh speaking curate. He held a synod of the clergy of his diocese in November 1636.

Bishop Edmund Griffith has been confused with EDUMND GRIFFITH (1559 - 1617), son of William Griffith, rector of Llanfaethlu (c. 1516-87); b. 1559, he went to S. Edmund Hall, Oxford, 1577 (B.A. 1580), was ordained priest 1583, and became rector of Newborough 1596, and Llanbeulan 1610. He died before 16 May 1617.


Published date: 1959