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MEREDITH , RICHARD (d. 1597 ), bishop of Leighlin, Ireland ;

b. in Denbighshire , son, it is said, of one Robert Meredith ap Gronw and Margaret , daughter of William John ap Gronw . It is possible that he was of the same stock as the Merediths of Stansty . He was probably the Richard Meredith who graduated B.A. at Jesus College , 4 March 1572/3 , but it is quite certain that he became M.A. of the same college in 1575 . He became chaplain to Sir John Perrot (q.v.) , lord lieutenant of Ireland , who before long promoted him to be dean of S. Patrick's near Dublin and later, in April 1589 , appointed him bishop of Leighlin . When his patron was falsely accused of plotting against queen Elizabeth , Meredith also was called to account by the Privy Council and, in 1591 , was for a time a prisoner in the Fleet . He d. 3 Aug. 1597 , and was buried in S. Patrick's church .


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  • Calendar of State Papers relating to Ireland , 1588-92 ;
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  • Report on the Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont (1905–9) , ii, 25.


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959