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PRICE ( PRYS ), THEODORE ( 1570? - 1631 ), prebendary of Westminster ;

b. at Bron-y-foel , Llanenddwyn, Mer. , son of Rees ap Tudor ap William Vaughan of Kilgerran (see under Vaughan of Corsygedol ) and Margery , daughter of Edward Stanley , constable of Harlech castle (see note by bishop Humphrey Humphreys in Bliss 's edition of Anthony Wood , Athenae Oxon ). He entered All Souls College , Oxford , as a chorister ( B.A. 16 Feb. 1587/8 , M.A. 9 June 1591 , became Fellow of Jesus College , and proceeded D.D. from New College , 15 July 1614 ). From 1604 to 1614 he was principal of Hart Hall (now Hertford College ), Oxford . He was instituted, 18 Oct. 1591 , to the living of Llanfair-juxta-Harlech ; ten years later he became sinecure rector of Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch (not Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant as stated in D.N.B. ). In the meantime he was receiving prefermen's in England — from 9 Sept. 1596 he was prebendary of Winchester , from 1609 rector of Launton , Oxfordshire , from 1621 prebendary of Leighton Buzzard in Lincoln cathedral , from 1623 prebendary of Westminster . John Williams ( 1582 - 1650 ) (q.v.) , then dean of Westminster , who was his kinsman, arranged for Price to act as sub-dean for the Westminster chapter ; he also tried to arrange (as did Laud ) for him to have a bishopric — see D.N.B. and Cal. of Wynn Papers , No. 968. It was Williams also who nominated Price as one of the commissioners who were to inquire into the political and ecclesiastical condition of Ireland ( Cal. of Wynn Papers , nos. 1002 and 1003). The bard Siôn Phylip , who was a Merioneth neighbour and a distant kinsman, expressed in a cywydd (‘ o waith John Phillip i fychniaethwr ef ’ — N.L.W. Mostyn MS. 144 ), the hope that Price would become a bishop . Subsequently the dean and his sub-dean became estranged and, when the latter d. ( 15 Dec. 1631 ) Williams told the prebendaries that Price had died a Roman Catholic ; after a delay of six days, however, the sub-dean was buried in Westminster Abbey . William Prynne ( Canterburies Doom ) says that Price lived a professed un-preaching epicure and Arminian , and died a reconciled papist to the Church of Rome . Besides the cywydd to Price written by Siôn Phylip there is one by another neighbour, Edmwnd Prys , archdeacon of Merioneth ( B. M. Add. MS. 14874 ; see also T. R. Roberts , Edmwnd Prys ). E. D. Jones (in N.L.W. Jnl. , v, 234-6) shows that N.L.W. Brogyntyn MS. 2 , a ‘ Book of Welsh Kowydde ,’ was written by Humphrey Davies , vicar of Darowen , for Theodore Price , then a canon of Winchester and incumbent of Bletchingley , Surrey , and nephew of the copyist .

Sources:

  • To the sources named in the text and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography add Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches , 1846 , ii, 223, and Y Genedl Gymreig , 10 May 1929.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959