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PRICE , HUGH ( 1495? - 1574 ), founder and first benefactor of Jesus College, Oxford ;

b. at Brecon , son of Rhys ap Rhys . He was educated at Oxford and took the degree of doctor of canon law in 1526 . Price was appointed first prebendary of Rochester in 1541 , and he held the prebend until his death. In 1571 he became treasurer of S. Davids cathedral . Towards the end of his life he decided to devote his money and estate to the establishing of a new college in Oxford , and he petitioned queen Elizabeth . By letters patent of 27 June 1571 , the new society was given its charter of incorporation as a college — the first college to be founded in Oxford after the Reformation . In the charter, the queen herself is named as foundress of the college, and Hugh Price is described as the original benefactor . According to Price 's will, however, it is clear that he considered himself to be the founder; he left land to the value of £60 per annum to the college. He d. in Aug. 1574 (his will, dated 8 Aug. , was proved 31 Aug. ), and was buried in Brecon priory .


  • Wood , Athenae Oxonienses … to which are added The Fasti (1813–20) , i;
  • Theophilus Jones , History of the County of Brecknock (3rd ed.), ii, 144-6;
  • English Historical Review , 1895 ;
  • Hardy , Jesus College (1899) , 1899 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Professor Idris Llewelyn Foster, M.A., F.S.A., (1911-84), Oxford

Published date: 1959