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POWELL, PHILIP (1594 - 1646), O.S.B.

Name: Philip Powell
Date of birth: 1594
Date of death: 1646
Gender: Male
Occupation: O.S.B.
Area of activity: Religion
Author: John Martin Cleary

Born at Trallwng (Trallwng Cynfyn), Brecknockshire, 2 February 1594, the son of Roger ap Rosser Powell and Catherine Morgan. He was sent to Abergavenny grammar school where the headmaster, Morgan Lewis, father of Fr. David Lewis, S.J., recommended him to Dom David Augustine Baker, O.S.B. saying: ' O, Saint o vaighgen y'e, ' The latter supervised his law studies from 1610 to 1614, and then sent him to Flanders where he studied, at Fr. Baker's expense, at the University of Louvain, 1614-19. He was ordained priest in 1618 and was professed a monk on 15 August 1619, having studied under Dom Leander Jones, O.S.B.. He was next made cellarer of S. Gregory's monastery, Douai, and was sent on the English mission on 7 March 1622. He lived with Dom Baker for sixteen months in Gray's Inn Lane, London. For the following twenty years he was chaplain to various families in Devon and Somerset until the Civil War broke out. After serving as a chaplain to Royalist troops, he tried to make his way to Monmouthshire in 1646. He was arrested off the Mumbles on 22 February 1646 by capt. Crowther, who kept him confined in his ship for two months in Penarth Roads and then sent him by sea to London. On 16 June he was condemned for his priesthood after trial in Westminster Hall and was executed at Tyburn, 30 June 1646.


Published date: 1959

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