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DAVID (d. 1139? ), bishop of Bangor .

After the removal of Hervé there is a gap in the history of this see; no bishop was recognized by Canterbury until 1120 . In that year, Gruffudd ap Cynan (q.v.) , now on good terms with the king , wrote to the archbishop , saying that one David had been chosen by himself and the clergy and people of Wales , with the royal assent, and asking that he should be consecrated. The request was granted; on 4 April , after the archbishop had, in a close conference of some days, satisfied himself of the qualifications of the elect, and had received a profession of obedience, David was consecrated at Westminster . As to his origin, there is a conflict of evidence. The annals of Worcester say he was a Welshman , which would seem natural. But, according to William of Malmesbury , the new bishop was none other than ‘David the Scot,’ who wrote an account of the expedition of the emperor Henry V to Rome in 1111 . There is, at present, no means of reconciling the contradiction.

Little is recorded of the activities of David . He was at Lambeth in 1121 and 1125 , at Canterbury in the latter year, and at the Council of Westminster in 1127 . Soon after his consecration he consented to the removal of the relics of Dubricius ( Dyfrig , q.v.) and Elgar the hermit from Bardsey . He was at the death-bed in 1137 of Gruffudd ap Cynan , whom he did not long survive, for in December, 1139 , his successor, Meurig , was presented to the king as the elect of Bangor .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest , 455, 468, 483;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor

Published date: 1959