The fifth son of Meredydd (Lloyd) ap John ap Meredydd Llwyd of Beaumaris, he was born at Bryn Euryn, Llandrillo yn Rhos, which his mother, Jonet Conwy, inherited through her father, Hugh Conwy Fychan, a descendant of Marchudd, founder of one of the fifteen tribes of North Wales. He was a scholar of King's School, Chester, from 1575-9, entering Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1579, and graduating B.A. in 1583, M.A. 1586, B.D. 1593, D.D. 1598. He became a Fellow of Magdalene, c. 1586, sinecure rector of Llanrwst, 1597, of Heswall, 1597-1613, and of Bangor Iscoed, 1612-5. In 1600 he was consecrated bishop of Sodor and Man, exchanging the see in December 1604 for that of Chester, where he reversed the anti-Puritan policy of his Welsh predecessor Richard Vaughan, formerly bishop of Bangor.
He died 1 August 1615, and was buried in Chester cathedral, where he is commemorated by a mural inscription (text in Ormerod, Cheshire, 1882 ed., i, 192). In the year of his death he bought Pant Iocyn, near Wrexham, formerly the residence of the Almer family, which remained the home of his family till 1634.
Published date: 1959
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