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VAUGHAN , RICHARD ( 1550? - 1607 ), bishop ;

b. c. 1550 , second son of Thomas ap Robert Fychan of Nyffryn , Llyn, Caerns. He was educated at S. John's College , Cambridge ( B.A. 1574 , M.A. 1577 , D.D. 1589 ). Shortly after 1577 , he was appointed chaplain to John Aylmer , bishop of London , who is said to have been related to him ( Baker , Hist. of St. John's College, Cambridge , 235). He received numerous preferments, including a canonry of S. Pauls ( 1583 ) and the archdeaconry of Middlesex ( 1588 ). Elected bishop of Bangor 22 Nov. 1595 , he was translated to Chester 23 April 1597 , and thence to London , 1604 . He is said to have assisted William Morgan (q.v.) in translating the Bible into Welsh , and to have been a benefactor of Bangor cathedral . As bishop of Chester , he took firm action against recusants, and as bishop of London , silenced extreme Puritans . He d. 30 March 1607 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 243;
  • Browne Willis , A survey of the cathedral church of Bangor; and the edifices belonging to it … , 1721 , 24, 109, 323.

Author:

Professor Glyn Roberts, M.A., (1904-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959