PRECENTORS OF ST ASAPH
Note: The prebend of Faenol was attached to the precentorship.
Robert de Stretton 1344/57.
Royal gr. by the Prince of Wales 25 Jan. 1344/57 of preb. called 'Dymmerghion' (fn. 1)
(Cal. Anct. Correspondence p. 238).
Gruffudd ab Ieuan Grath 1393.
Estate ratif. as preb. 'Thome presbiteri' (fn. 2) 28 June 1393 (CPR. 1391-1396 p. 309).
John ap Rhys ap Roppert ?-1404.
D. as preb. and precentor before 17 March 1404 (CPL. V 579).
M. John ap Hywel ap Brython D.Th. ?-1538.
Occ. 1535 (Valor IV 435). D. before 9 Apr. 1538 (Nat. Libr. Wales, SA/BR/1 f. 5).
M. Maurice Byrchynshawe M.A. 1538-?
Coll. 9 Apr. 1538 (Nat. Libr. Wales, SA/BR/1 f. 5). Occ. 1559/60 (Thomas I 290)
-in a return of bp. Richard Davies (1559-1561).
||This is the older form of the place name Tremeirchion, Flints. (Thomas 1 400). The ch. of
Tremeirchion formed part of the endowment of the preb. of Faenol (Valor IV 440).
||Gruffudd ab Ieuan Grath must have held the precentorship as the 'canonry of Thomas the priest'
was the name given to a subdivision of the township of Faenol which was appropriated to the precentorship. The canonry was included under that dignity in the Taxatio of 1291: 'Canonia Thome Presbyteri
in Parochia ipsius Ecclesiae' (Faenol) (Thomas 1 422).