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Dominican Bishops of
S. Asaph
SEVERAL Dominicans became bishops of St. Asaph
besides Schonaw, i.e: Hugh, 1235-40; Alexander Bache,
1390-94; and Thomas Bird was appointed, but did not obtain
possession, a certain Thomas being appointed and con-
secrated in his stead.
It seems certain, however, that none of them were
friars of Rhuddlan. The first, Hugh, was elected bishop of
St. Asaph, February 4th, 1235, which election was confirmed
by King Henry, April 11th (1235). He was consecrated
June 17th (1235). As it appears he was elected by chapter,
there is reason to suppose he was already well known in
North Wales, and this only 14 years after the entry of his
order into England in 1221. Had he anything to do with
the foundation of Rhuddlan, we do not know. He died 1240.
1 The Bev. Father Walter Gumbley, O.P., (Ordo Prsdicatorum or
Dominician Order of Preachers) sent from his residence in Louvain in
Belgium this and the two following MSS. to the Editor prior to July, 1914,
explaining that his work in connection with Louvain University had
prevented his doing so earlier. He had previously written the Editor that
he had read the newspaper account of the Society's excursion to Bhnddlan
in the Autumn of 1918, and was much interested, as he had made a study
of the history of Rhuddlan, although he had never visited it, but he hoped
to do so if he ever came to England. The Editor then asked him to
contribute a few notes for the Society's Journal, and eventually he sent
these papers. In consequence, however, of the war and the sacking of
Louvain, the proofs have not had the advantage of the Author's corrections.
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