Archdeacons: St Asaph

Pages 38-39

Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066-1300: Volume 9, the Welsh Cathedrals (Bangor, Llandaff, St Asaph, St Davids). Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 2003.

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Rectory of church of Abergele (Clwyd) and chapel of Llangystennin described as annexed to archdcnry. 1291 (Taxatio pp. 287a, 288a). Also churches of Betws-ynRhos, Diserth and Rhewl (all Clwyd) (Valor IV 435a, 440b).

Valuations 1254 12m.; 1291 £34 6s. 8d. (Taxatio p. 288a).



As archdcn. of St Asaph participated in coronation of young kg. Henry 14 June 1170 and left by pope to abp.'s judgement 10 Sept. 1170 (Corresp. of Becket II no. 507 (at pp. 1294-5)).


Occ. as archdcn. of St Asaph twice 1205 x c. 1210 (Cart. Haughmond nos. 657, 1172).

M. David

First occ. as archdcn. of St Asaph 27 May 1231 (Pat. Rolls 1225-32 p. 436). Also chanc. of princes of north-west Wales and envoy in diplomatic negotiations with kg. (see Stephenson, Governance pp. 31, 223 etc.). Occ. frequently. Last occ. as archdcn. 15 May 1240 (Litt. Wall. no. 2). Last occ. without title of archdcn., as chanc. and clerk of Dafydd ap Llywelyn, 17 March x 28 Apr. 1241 (Litt. Wall. no. 15), and 8 Aug. 1241 (CPR 1232-47 p. 257). Perhaps the same as David chanc. of Llywelyn who occ. 27 Apr. 1242 (Close Rolls 1237-42 p. 357). Perhaps father of M. Adam son of David, possibly can. of St Asaph (below, list 33).

M. Anian

Occ. as archdcn. of St Asaph once only, 23 July 1250 (Cart. Shrewsbury II no. 365).


Occ. as archdcn. of St Asaph 18 Feb. 1266 (CPR 1258-66 p. 557). Presum. to be identified with unnamed archdcn. who occ. 1 Sept. 1267 (ibid. 1266-72 p. 102) and 12 Apr. 1272 (Litt. Wall. no. 165), and with D. archdcn. of St Asaph who occ. 25 March 1272 (LCA I 135 = Willis, St Asaph II 31-2).

Gruffudd ab Iorwerth (fn. 1)

First occ. as archdcn. of St Asaph 27 Jan. 1277 (CPR 1272-81 p. 191). Occ. several times in 1280s (Cal. Var. Chancery Rolls p. 183; Litt. Wall. nos. 272, 93, 132, 141, 356; Close Rolls 1279-88 p. 413). An executor and beneficiary of bp. Anian II's will, dated 21 Feb. 1288, proved 1 May 1293 (Fisher, 'Three Welsh wills' pp. 186, 187). To be identified with 'G' archdcn. who occ. 6 Apr. 1294 (LCA I 9). Last occ. on res. of archdcnry. 5 Oct. 1306 (ibid. pp. 85-6; cf. ibid. p. 30).


  • 1. His parentage is given in NLW Thorn 266. For his seal, see Williams, 'Seals of jurisdiction' p. 184 no. 175, and 'Welsh seals at Canterbury' pp. 148-9 no. 3.