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GWENT , RICHARD (d. 1543 ), archdeacon of London ,

the son of a Monmouthshire farmer . He was elected Fellow of All Souls’ College , Oxford , in 1515 . He specialized in law and became Doctor of both Canon and Civil Law . He practised as ecclesiastical advocate and was employed on behalf of queen Catherine in 1529 . He also held a large number of church livings in plurality, and seems to have been appointed archdeacon of Brecon in 1534 . He acted as archbishop's commissary when Cranmer made his metropolitan visitation in 1534 . He was prolocutor of convocation in 1536 , 1540 , and 1541 , and was one of those appointed to inquire into the validity of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves . Leland in his Encomia alludes to him as ‘Richardus Ventanus juridicus’ and speaks highly of his virtues and learning.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852)


John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959