Born c. 1550, second son of Thomas ap Robert Fychan of Nyffryn, Llyn, Caernarfonshire. He was educated at S. John's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1574, M.A. 1577, D.D. 1589). Shortly after 1577, he was appointed chaplain to John Aylmer, bishop of London, who is said to have been related to him (Baker, Hist. of St. John's College, Cambridge, 235). He received numerous preferments, including a canonry of S. Pauls (1583) and the archdeaconry of Middlesex (1588). Elected bishop of Bangor 22 November 1595, he was translated to Chester 23 April 1597, and thence to London, 1604. He is said to have assisted William Morgan in translating the Bible into Welsh, and to have been a benefactor of Bangor cathedral. As bishop of Chester, he took firm action against recusants, and as bishop of London, silenced extreme Puritans. He died 30 March 1607.
Published date: 1959
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