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DAFYDD DARON ( fl. 1400 ), dean of Bangor ,

held this office at the end of the reign of Richard II. In Nov. 1397 he received the prebend of Llandwrog . With the chapter he rendered account on 19 May 1399 of the temporalities of the see, which had been in their hands since the death of bishop Swaffham on 24 June 1398 . At one time he held a position in the church of Clynnog-fawr . This is all the contemporary evidence. Browne Willis , following Le Neve , says he was outlawed, as a supporter of Owain Glyn Dŵr , in 1406 , and adds, on his own information, that he was ‘a wealthy man and son of Evan ap David ap Griffith , a descendant of Caradoc ap Iestyn .’ More questionable is the assertion that he was the man in whose house the famous Tripartite Indenture was signed. According to the chronicler Hall , the sole authority for the place of signature, the house was that of the archdeacon of Bangor , and only if ‘ archdeacon ’ be an error for ‘ dean ’ can Dafydd Daron be brought into the story.

Sources:

  • J. E. Lloyd , Owen Glendower / Owen Glyn Dwr (1931) , 1931 , 94;
  • Browne Willis , A survey of the cathedral church of Bangor; and the edifices belonging to it … (1721) , 1721 , 122-3;
  • An Inventory of the Early Chancery Proceedings concerning Wales (1937) (Cardiff, 1937 ), 15.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959