The new bishop was not long in taking advantage of his Welsh origin to further the interests of his see in Mid Wales . The region between the Wye and the Severn had in times past been reckoned a part of Powys , and the death of bishop David of S. Davids in May 1176 seemed to provide an opportunity to recover it for the northern bishopric. He resolved to make a beginning with the border church of Kerry and engaged the assistance of the local authorities, both lay and clerical. But this was to ignore the recently appointed archdeacon of Brecknock , none other than the formidable Gerald . The two opponents met on the spot and a contest ensued, in which each excommunicated the other. According to the archdeacon , it was the bishop who had to make a crestfallen retreat; certain it is that in the long run, Kerry was retained by the see of S. Davids .
Adam does not appear otherwise in connection with his diocese. He was much in England , attended royal conferences in the spring of 1177 , and was at the Lateran Council of 1179 , where he defended his late master, Peter Lombard , against Walter of S. Victor . He d. at Osney abbey in 1181 .
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor
Published date: 1959