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LEWIS (or LEWES ), DAVID ( 1520? - 1584 ), first principal of Jesus College, Oxford ;

b. at Abergavenny , eldest son of Lewis Wallis , vicar of Abergavenny and Llandeilo Bertholau , and Lucy his wife, daughter of Llewelyn Thomas Lloyd of Bedwellty . He was educated at All Souls'; College , Oxford , graduating B.C.L. in 1540 and D.C.L. in 1548 , and becoming a Fellow of his College. He was principal of New Inn Hall , a master in Chancery , a member of Parliament for Steyning and then for Monmouthshire ; subsequently ( 1571-2 ), he was principal of Jesus College . From 1558 he was judge of the High Court of the Admiralty , and was active in connection with the various maritime cases that arose during Elizabeth I 's reign. He also suggested means to improve the troubled state of parts of Wales . He d. unmarried in London , 27 April 1584 , and was buried ( 24 May ) at Abergavenny , at the north end of the church, since known as the Lewis chapel .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959